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EZ Aquarii

EZ Aquarii Facts

EZ Aquarii's Alternative Names

EZ Aquarii has alternative name(s) :- Luyten 789-6, GJ 866.

More details on objects' alternative names can be found at Star Names .

Location of EZ Aquarii

The location of the main sequence 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 EZ Aquarii, the location is 22h 38m 33.728 and -15° 17` 57.33 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of EZ Aquarii

Proper Motion

All stars like planets orbit round a central spot, in the case of planets, its the central star such as the Sun. In the case of a star, its the galactic centre. The constellations that we see today will be different than they were 50,000 years ago or 50,000 years from now. Proper Motion details the movements of these stars and are measured in milliarcseconds. The star is moving 2,295.00 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 2,314.00 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Radial Velocity

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is -60.00 km/s . When the value is negative then the star and the Sun are getting closer to one another, likewise, a positive number means that two stars are moving away. Its nothing to fear as the stars are so far apart, they won't collide in our life-time, if ever.

Physical Properties (Colour, Temperature) of EZ Aquarii

EZ Aquarii Colour and Temperature

EZ Aquarii has a spectral type of M5V B. This means the star is a red main sequence star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 1.96 which means the star's temperature has been calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu at being 1,578 Kelvin.

EZ Aquarii Radius

Radius has been calculated as being 0.11 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 78,890.46.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS and has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

EZ Aquarii Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

EZ Aquarii has an apparent magnitude of 12.87 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 15.21 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 EZ Aquarii

The Parallax of the star is given as 293.60 which gives a calculated distance to EZ Aquarii of 11.11 light years from the Earth or 3.41 parsecs. It is about 65,311,527,896,069.80 miles from Earth.

The star is roughly 703,358.09 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.

Time to Travel to EZ Aquarii

A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

If you were to drive there at about 120 m.p.h. in a car with an infinity engine so you didn't have to pull over for petrol, it would take you 544,262,732,467.25 hours or 62,130,448.91 years.

At the time of writing, the fastest probe so far created is the New Horizon probe which is travelling at a speed of 33,000 m.p.h. If the probe was travelling to EZ Aquarii then it would take 1,979,137,208.97 hours / 225,928.91 years to get there. Speed Ref: N.A.S.A.

It would to take a spaceship journey travelling at the speed of light, 11.11 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

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Additional EZ Aquarii Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameEZ Aquarii
Alternative NamesLuyten 789-6, GJ 866
Spectral TypeM5V B
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Visual / Apparent Magnitude12.87
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)22h 38m 33.728
Declination (Dec.)-15° 17` 57.33
Distance from Earth293.60 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 11.11 Light Years
 3.41 Parsecs
 703,358.09 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.2295.00 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.2314.00 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index1.96
Radial Velocity-60.00 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)0.11

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