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GQ Andromedae

GQ Andromedae Facts

Location of GQ Andromedae

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 GQ Andromedae, the location is 00h 18m 25.498 and +44° 01` 37.64 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of GQ Andromedae

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 351.00 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 2,912.00 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 10.96 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 GQ Andromedae

GQ Andromedae Colour and Temperature

GQ Andromedae has a spectral type of M3.5Ve C. This means the star is a red main sequence star.

Distance to GQ Andromedae

The Parallax of the star is given as 279.30 which gives a calculated distance to GQ Andromedae of 11.68 light years from the Earth or 3.58 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 11.68 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

The star is roughly 738,422.86 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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Additional GQ Andromedae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameGQ Andromedae
Spectral TypeM3.5Ve C
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Right Ascension (R.A.)00h 18m 25.498
Declination (Dec.)+44° 01` 37.64
Distance from Earth279.30 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 11.68 Light Years
 3.58 Parsecs
 738,422.86 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.351.00 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.2912.00 milliarcseconds/year
Radial Velocity10.96 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

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