AQ Andromedae
AQ Andromedae
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AQ Andromedae
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Exposures: RGB 41/42/36 x 2m = 3h 58m
Processing: SGP,MaximDL,Gimp
Telescope: CFF132,STF-8300M,GM1000
Guider: LE80,LSX2,GSO2X
AQ Andromedae is a carbon star located in the Andromeda constellation.

AQ Andromeda is the deep red star in the center of the image. It is listed in SIMBAD as a carbon star of the spectral type C-N5+. Visually, it is observed to be the typical red hue of a carbon star.

AQ Andromedae is a variable star that ranges in visual magnitude from 7.70 to 9.5. It too faint to be seen by the naked eye and a telescope is required to view this star.

In the 2018 Gaia DR2 catalog, AQ And is reported to be 637.1456 parsecs away which means it is roughly 2078.0910096 light years from our earth.

V350 Andromedae

V350 Andromeda is the blue-white star to the upper right that is similar in size and brightness to AQ Andromedae.

Although it is not a carbon star, V350 And is of some interest as well since it is an eclipsing binary of Algol type. An Algol type binary is a binary star where the smaller component transfers mass to the larger component. In this case, it is also an eclipsing binary which means that the orbits of the binary periodically cause one of the stars to be hidden by the other when viewed from Earth.

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