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GQ Lupi

GQ Lupi Facts

  • GQ Lupi is a main sequence star that can be located in the constellation of Lupus. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • GQ Lupi is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (K7eV) of the star, the star's colour is orange to red .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • It is calculated at being .001 Billion Years old. This information comes from ExoPlanet.
  • GQ Lupi has at least 1 Extrasolar Planets believed to be in orbit around the star.
  • The star is calculated at being about 456.63 light years away from us. Distance

GQ Lupi's Alternative Names

GQ Lupi has alternative name(s) :- GQ Lup.

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

Location of GQ Lupi

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 Lupi, the location is 15h 49m 12.00 and -35° 39` 03.00 .

Physical Properties of GQ Lupi

GQ Lupi Colour and Temperature

Based on the star's spectral type of K7eV , GQ Lupi's colour and type is orange to red main sequence star. Based on the star's spectral, the stars temperature is between 3,700.00 and 5,200.00 degrees kelvin.

GQ Lupi Estimated Age

The star is believed to be about 0.00 Billion years old. To put in context, the Sun is believed to be about five billion years old and the Universe is about 13.8 billion years old.

GQ Lupi Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

GQ Lupi has an apparent magnitude of 11.40 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 5.67 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 GQ Lupi

The Parallax of the star is given as 7.14290 which gives a calculated distance to GQ Lupi of 456.63 light years from the Earth or 140.00 parsecs. It is about 2,684,356,704,156,832 miles from Earth.

The star is roughly 28,876,871.66 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 GQ Lupi

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 A380736416,064,770.79
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269399,108,619.40
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54199,554,049.62
New Horizons Probe33,0009,279,505.19
Speed of Light670,616,629.00456.63

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Additional GQ Lupi Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameGQ Lupi
Alternative NamesGQ Lup
Spectral TypeK7eV
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
Age0.00 Billion Years Old
Visual / Apparent Magnitude11.40
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)15h 49m 12.00
Declination (Dec.)-35° 39` 03.00
Distance from Earth7.14290 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 456.63 Light Years
 140.00 Parsecs
 28,876,871.66 Astronomical Units

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet Count1

Estimated Calculated Facts

Calculated Temperature Range3,700.00 - 5,200.00

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List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting GQ Lupi

NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastron
GQ Lup bConfirmed20.52005103

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