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Luhman 16

Luhman 16 is an undetermined (colour) less luminous star that can be located in the constellation of Vela.

Location of Luhman 16

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 from celestial equator. The Declination is how up or down compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For Luhman 16, the location is 10h 49m 18.723 and 53d 19` 9.86 .

Physical Properties (Colour, Radius) of Luhman 16

Luhman 16 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Luhman 16 has an apparent magnitude of 8.87 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.

Source of Information

The source of the information if it has a Hip I.D. is from Simbad, the Hipparcos data library based at the University at Strasbourg, France. Hipparcos was a E.S.A. satellite operation launched in 1989 for four years. The items in red are values that I've calculated so they could well be wrong. Information regarding Stellar Age, Metallicity or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

Luhman 16 Facts

Traditional NameLuhman 16
Celestial TypeStar
Apparent Magnitude8.87
Right Ascension (R.A.)10h 49m 18.723
Declination (Dec.)53d 19` 9.86

Location of Luhman 16 in Vela

Luhman 16 Location in Vela

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

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