HE 1523-0901 is a star that can be located in the constellation of Libra. The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
The location of the star in the galaxy 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For HE 1523-0901, the location is 15h 26m 01.2 and -9 d 11`38 .
HE 1523-0901 lies at a distance of 7,500.00 light years away from our Sun and our planet Earth or to put it another way, 2,299.46 parsecs away from the Sun.
HE 1523-0901 has an apparent magnitude of 11.10 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. 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.
HE 1523-0901 is an estimated 7,500.00 light years from our Solar System (Earth and Sun). It would take a spaceship 7,500.00 years travelling at the speed of light to get there. We don't have a space ship that can travel that distance or at that speed yet.
|Traditional/Proper Name||HE 1523-0901|
|Visual / Apparent Magnitude||11.10|
|Naked Eye Visible||Requires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Ref: Wiki|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||15h 26m 01.2|
|Declination (Dec.)||-9 d 11`38|
|Distance from the Sun / Earth||7,500.00 Light Years|
The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.