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Kelu-1 Facts

Location of Kelu-1

The location of the dwarf 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 Kelu-1, the location is 13h 05m 40.196 and -25° 41` 05.99 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of Kelu-1

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 -30.00 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -284.00 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 6.37 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 Kelu-1

Kelu-1 Colour and Temperature

Kelu-1 has a spectral type of L2+L3.5 C. This means the star is a brown dwarf star.

Distance to Kelu-1

The Parallax of the star is given as 53.60 which gives a calculated distance to Kelu-1 of 60.85 light years from the Earth or 18.66 parsecs. It is about 357,714,353,958,222.06 miles from Earth.

The star is roughly 3,848,874.47 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.

Time to Travel to Kelu-1

A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

If you were to drive there at about 120 m.p.h. in a car with an infinity engine so you didn't have to pull over for petrol, it would take you 2,980,952,949,651.85 hours or 340,291,432.61 years.

At the time of writing, the fastest probe so far created is the New Horizon probe which is travelling at a speed of 33,000 m.p.h. If the probe was travelling to Kelu-1 then it would take 10,839,828,907.82 hours / 1,237,423.39 years to get there. Speed Ref: N.A.S.A.

It would to take a spaceship journey travelling at the speed of light, 60.85 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

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Additional Kelu-1 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameKelu-1
Spectral TypeL2+L3.5 C
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeDwarf Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Right Ascension (R.A.)13h 05m 40.196
Declination (Dec.)-25° 41` 05.99
Distance from Earth53.60 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 60.85 Light Years
 18.66 Parsecs
 3,848,874.47 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-30.00 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-284.00 milliarcseconds/year
Radial Velocity6.37 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

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