Lich is of historical importance which is why the International Astronomical Union (I.A.U.) entered the star into a star naming competition in 2016. Lich had been previously just referred to as PSR B1257+12 which is a horrendous name to remember, Lich rolls off the tongue. It is named for legendary fantasy monsters, not from Liches that inhabit the fantasy worlds of World of Warcraft or from their leader in the game Arthas Menethil.
Lich was the first star to be discovered to have Extrasolar Planet (Exoplanet) in orbit round it. Lich is not a Sun like star but a pulsar, spinning faster than you can blink. There are three planets in orbit round it with names inspired from horror, Poltergeist, Draugr and Phobetor. There`s no way that life could on those planets as the planets would be bathed in radiation when they cross the path of the beams. Ref: N.A.S.A.
Lich has alternative name(s) :- PSR B1257+12.
More details on star alternative names can be found at Star Names .
The location of the 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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For Lich, the location is 13h 00m 01 and 12 ° 40` 57 .
Lich is an estimated 2,300.00 light years from our Solar System (Earth and Sun). It would take a spaceship 2,300.00 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.
|Primary / Proper / Traditional Name||Lich|
|Alternative Names||PSR B1257+12|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||13h 00m 01|
|Declination (Dec.)||12 ° 40` 57|
|Distance from the Sun / Earth||2,300.00 Light Years|
|Name||Status||Mass (Jupiters)||Orbital Period (Days)||Eccentricity||Discovered||Semi-Major Axis||Periastron||Inclination|
|PSR 1257 12 b||Confirmed||25.262||0.0||1992||0.19||360.000||1992.000|
|PSR 1257 12 c||Confirmed||66.542||0.0186||1992||0.36||250.400||1992.000|
|PSR 1257 12 d||Confirmed||0.0006||98.211||0.0252||1992||0.46||108.300||1992.000|