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Pearl Cluster Facts

Pearl Cluster Facts Open Star Cluster in Centaurus

Pearl Cluster is an open star cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of about 5,500.00 light years away in the constellation of Centaurus.

The Open Star Cluster's location is 11h 36.1 (R.A.) and -61` 37 (Dec.).

The Image is copyright E.S.A.. If the picture isn't false colour, you can see there is a mix of red and blue stars, old and new plus what might be Blue Stragglers, Blue Stragglers are old stars but have fed off other stars so they give the appearance that they are new stars which they aren't. Blue Stragglers occur in star clusters so not inconceivable that they are Blue Stragglers. The cluster is located in the southern hemisphere so bad luck people in the northern hemisphere.

Travel Time to Pearl Cluster

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Airbus A3807365,011,401,439.54
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2694,807,168,619.48
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.542,403,581,177.10
New Horizons Probe33,000111,769,438.17
Speed of Light670,616,629.005,500.00

Fact File

NamePearl Cluster
TypeOpen Star Cluster
Right Ascension11h 36.1
Declination-61` 37
Distance (Lt.Yr)5500

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