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LAWD 96 Facts

  • LAWD 96 is a dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Phoenix. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • LAWD 96 is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (DAP5.8 C) of the star, the star's colour is white.
  • The star is calculated at being about 26.68 light years away from us. Distance

LAWD 96's Alternative Names

The Gliese ID of the star is GL 915. The star was part of the original catalogue devised by German Astronomer Wilheim Gliese of stars located within 20 parsecs of Earth. Star Names

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

Location of LAWD 96

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 LAWD 96, the location is 00h 02m 10.766 and -43° 09` 56.02 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of LAWD 96

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 -663.90 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 589.40 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 -58.80000 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 LAWD 96

LAWD 96 Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of DAP5.8 C , LAWD 96's colour and type is white dwarf star. Based on the star's spectral, the stars temperature is between 0.00 and 0.00 degrees kelvin.

Distance to LAWD 96

The Parallax of the star is given as 122.27000 which gives a calculated distance to LAWD 96 of 26.68 light years from the Earth or 8.18 parsecs. It is about 156,841,724,956,539 miles from Earth.

The star is roughly 1,687,234.36 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 LAWD 96

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)
Walking44,473,012,915.43
Car120149,100,430.51
Airbus A38073624,309,852.80
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.26923,319,137.96
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5411,659,553.78
New Horizons Probe33,000542,183.38
Speed of Light670,616,629.0026.68

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Additional LAWD 96 Facts and Figures

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameLAWD 96
Alternative NamesGliese 915
Spectral TypeDAP5.8 C
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeDwarf Star
ColourWhite
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationPhoenix
Right Ascension (R.A.)00h 02m 10.766
Declination (Dec.)-43° 09` 56.02
Distance from Earth122.27000 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 26.68 Light Years
 8.18 Parsecs
 1,687,234.36 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-663.90000 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.589.40000 milliarcseconds/year
Radial Velocity-58.80000 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Sources and Links


Sourcehttp://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-id?Ident=Gliese%20915

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