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2M 1207-39

2M 1207-39 is a red star that can be located in the constellation of Centaurus. The description is based on the spectral class. 2M 1207-39 is not part of the constellation but is within the borders of the constellation.

The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it. It is calculated at being .008 Billion Years old. This information comes from ExoPlanet. 2M 1207-39 has at least 2 Extrasolar Planets believed to be in orbit around the star.

Location of 2M 1207-39

The location of the star in the night sky is determined by the Right Ascension (R.A.) and Declination (Dec.), these are equivalent to the Longitude and Latitude on the Earth. The Right Ascension is how far expressed in time (hh:mm:ss) the star is along the celestial equator. If the R.A. is positive then its eastwards. The Declination is how far north or south the star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For 2M 1207-39, the location is 12h 07m 33.00 and -39° 32` 54.00 .

Physical Properties (Colour, Age) of 2M 1207-39

2M 1207-39 has a spectral type of M8. This means the star is a red star.

The star is believed to be about 0.01 Billion years old. To put in context, the Sun is believed to be about five billion years old and the Universe is about 13.8 billion years old.

2M 1207-39 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

2M 1207-39 has an apparent magnitude of 20.15 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 16.55 Magnitude, whether it be apparent/visual or absolute magnitude is measured by a number, the smaller the number, the brighter the Star is. Our own Sun is the brightest star and therefore has the lowest of all magnitudes, -26.74. A faint star will have a high number.

Distance to 2M 1207-39

The Parallax of the star is given as 19.08 which gives a calculated distance to 2M 1207-39 of 170.91 light years from the Earth or 52.40 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 170.91 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

The star is roughly 10,808,200.53 Astronomical Units from the Earth/Sun give or take a few. An Astronomical Unit is the distance between Earth and the Sun. The number of A.U. is the number of times that the star is from the Earth compared to the Sun.

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2M 1207-39 Facts

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional Name2M 1207-39
Spectral TypeM8
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeStar
Colour red
GalaxyMilky Way
Age0.01 Billion Years Old
Visual / Apparent Magnitude20.15
Naked Eye VisibleRequires 8m Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)12h 07m 33.00
Declination (Dec.)-39° 32` 54.00
Distance from Earth19.08 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 170.91 Light Years
 52.40 Parsecs
 10,808,200.53 Astronomical Units

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet Count2

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List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting 2M 1207-39

NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastron
2M 1207-39Confirmed6.02001
2M 1207-39 bConfirmed1.0200446

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