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Luhman 16

Luhman 16 Facts

  • Luhman 16 is a dwarf star that can be located in the constellation of Vela. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • Luhman 16 is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (L7.5) of the star, the star's colour is brown.
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

Luhman 16's Alternative Names

Luhman 16 has alternative name(s) :- Wise 1049 5319, WISE J104915.57-531906.1.

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

Location of Luhman 16

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 Luhman 16, the location is 10h 49m 18.723 and 53° 19` 9.86 .

Physical Properties of Luhman 16

Luhman 16 Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of L7.5 , Luhman 16's colour and type is brown dwarf star.

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.

Distance to Luhman 16

Luhman 16 is an estimated 6.52 light years from our Solar System (Earth and Sun). It would take a spaceship 6.52 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.

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Additional Luhman 16 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameLuhman 16
Alternative NamesWise 1049 5319, WISE J104915.57-531906.1
Spectral TypeL7.5
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeDwarf Star
Colourbrown
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationVela
Visual / Apparent Magnitude8.87
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)10h 49m 18.723
Declination (Dec.)53° 19` 9.86
Distance from the Sun / Earth6.52 Light Years

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

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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PhilWednesday, 14th November 2018 9:16:19 PM
I think the Visual apparent magnitude is more like 23. 8.87 may be the infrared apparent magnitude?
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