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Gliese 1256

Gliese 1256 Facts

  • Gliese 1256 is a main sequence star that can be located in the constellation of Delphinus. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • Gliese 1256 is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (M4.5V C) of the star, the star's colour is red .
  • The star is calculated at being about 31.10 light years away from us. Distance

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 -59.00000 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 of Gliese 1256

Gliese 1256 Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of M4.5V C , Gliese 1256's colour and type is red main sequence star. Based on the star's spectral, the stars temperature is between 2,400.00 and 3,700.00 degrees kelvin.

Distance to Gliese 1256

The Parallax of the star is given as 104.88920 which gives a calculated distance to Gliese 1256 of 31.10 light years from the Earth or 9.53 parsecs. It is about 182,825,249,106,010 miles from Earth.

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.

Travel Time to Gliese 1256

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 A38073628,337,197.23
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.26927,182,353.47
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5413,591,159.02
New Horizons Probe33,000632,005.37
Speed of Light670,616,629.0031.10

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Additional Gliese 1256 Facts and Figures

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 Earth104.88920 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 31.10 Light Years
 9.53 Parsecs
 1,965,689.91 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.662.23500 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.1321.00400 milliarcseconds/year
Radial Velocity-59.00000 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Estimated Calculated Facts

Calculated Temperature Range2,400.00 - 3,700.00

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