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Gliese 1256

Gliese 1256 Facts

Gliese 1256's Alternative Names

The Gliese ID of the star is GJ 1256. The star was added to the Gliese catalogue in 1970 by Richard van der Riet Woolley hence the GJ prefix rather than GL prefix.Star Names.

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

Location of Gliese 1256

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 Gliese 1256, the location is 20 40 33.8629080607 and +15 29 58.728944976 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Gliese 1256

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 662.24 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 1,321.00 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 -59.00 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) of Gliese 1256

Gliese 1256 Colour and Temperature

Gliese 1256 has a spectral type of M4.5V C. This means the star is a red main sequence star.

Distance to Gliese 1256

The Parallax of the star is given as 104.89 which gives a calculated distance to Gliese 1256 of 31.10 light years from the Earth or 9.53 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 31.10 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

The star is roughly 1,965,689.91 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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Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameGliese 1256
Alternative Names, Gliese 1256
Spectral TypeM4.5V C
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Right Ascension (R.A.)20 40 33.8629080607
Declination (Dec.)+15 29 58.728944976
Distance from Earth104.89 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 31.10 Light Years
 9.53 Parsecs
 1,965,689.91 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.662.24 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.1321.00 milliarcseconds/year
Radial Velocity-59.00 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

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