The location of the giant 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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For Calabash Nebula, the location is 07h 42m 16.947 and -14° 42` 50.20 .
Calabash Nebula has a spectral type of M10III+A C. This means the star is a red giant star.
The Parallax of the star is given as 0.77 which gives a calculated distance to Calabash Nebula of 4241.40 light years from the Earth or 1300.39 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 4241.40 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.
The star is roughly 268,222,822.39 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.
|Primary / Proper / Traditional Name||Calabash Nebula|
|Spectral Type||M10III+A C|
|Constellation's Main Star||No|
|Multiple Star System||No / Unknown|
|Star Type||Giant Star|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||07h 42m 16.947|
|Declination (Dec.)||-14° 42` 50.20|
|Distance from Earth||0.77 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|4241.40 Light Years|
|268,222,822.39 Astronomical Units|
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