Universe Guide
SearchTwitter Comments


Qatar-6 Facts

Location of Qatar-6

The location of the main sequence 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 Qatar-6, the location is 14h 48m 50.00 and 22° 09` 09.00 .

Physical Properties (Colour, Metallicity, Age, Radius) of Qatar-6

Qatar-6 Colour and Temperature

Qatar-6 has a spectral type of K2V. This means the star is a orange to red main sequence star.

Qatar-6 Radius

Qatar-6 has been calculated as 0.72 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 502,367.60.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2.

The star's metallicity is 0.093000, this value is the fractional amount of the star that is not Hydrogen (X) or Helium (Y). An older star would have a high metallicity whereas a new star would have a lower one.

The star is believed to be about 1.00 Billion years old. To put in context, the Sun is believed to be about five billion years old and the Universe is about 13.8 billion years old.

Qatar-6 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

Qatar-6 has an apparent magnitude of 11.40 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 6.38 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 Qatar-6

The Parallax of the star is given as 9.90 which gives a calculated distance to Qatar-6 of 329.42 light years from the Earth or 101.00 parsecs. It is about 1,936,536,770,434,141.51 miles from Earth.

The star is roughly 20,832,600.27 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.

Time to Travel to Qatar-6

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 16,137,806,420,284.51 hours or 1,842,215,344.78 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 Qatar-6 then it would take 58,682,932,437.40 hours / 6,698,964.89 years to get there. Speed Ref: N.A.S.A.

It would to take a spaceship journey travelling at the speed of light, 329.42 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

Hide Explanations
Show GridLines

Additional Qatar-6 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameQatar-6
Spectral TypeK2V
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Main Sequence Dwarf Star
ColourOrange to Red
GalaxyMilky Way
Age1.00 Billion Years Old
Visual / Apparent Magnitude11.40
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)14h 48m 50.00
Declination (Dec.)22° 09` 09.00
Distance from Earth9.90 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 329.42 Light Years
 101.00 Parsecs
 20,832,600.27 Astronomical Units

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet Count1

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)0.72

Sources and Links


List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting Qatar-6

NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastronInclination
Qatar-6 bConfirmed0.0663.5060.020170.042386.010

Related Stars

Comments and Questions

There's no register feature and no need to give an email address if you don't need to. All messages will be reviewed before being displayed. Comments may be merged or altered slightly such as if an email address is given in the main body of the comment.

You can decline to give a name which if that is the case, the comment will be attributed to a random star. A name is preferred even if its a random made up one by yourself.

This website is using cookies. More info. That's Fine