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
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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 .
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.
The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is -58.80 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.
LAWD 96 has a spectral type of DAP5.8 C. This means the star is a white dwarf star.
The Parallax of the star is given as 122.27 which gives a calculated distance to LAWD 96 of 26.68 light years from the Earth or 8.18 parsecs. It is about 156,841,724,956,538.45 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.
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 1,307,014,374,637.82 hours or 149,202,554.18 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 LAWD 96 then it would take 4,752,779,544.14 hours / 542,554.74 years to get there. Speed Ref: N.A.S.A.
It would to take a spaceship journey travelling at the speed of light, 26.68 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.
|Primary / Proper / Traditional Name||LAWD 96|
|Alternative Names||Gliese 915|
|Spectral Type||DAP5.8 C|
|Constellation's Main Star||No|
|Multiple Star System||No / Unknown|
|Star Type||Dwarf Star|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||00h 02m 10.766|
|Declination (Dec.)||-43° 09` 56.02|
|Distance from Earth||122.27 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|26.68 Light Years|
|1,687,234.36 Astronomical Units|
|Proper Motion Dec.||-663.90 milliarcseconds/year|
|Proper Motion RA.||589.40 milliarcseconds/year|
|Radial Velocity||-58.80 km/s|
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