Scholz's star is a faint red dwarf star, a star that has been calculated to have been closer than a light year from us over 70,000 years ago. Being at that distance, it would have been inside the theorized Oort Cloud which is calculated at being 1 light year from us.
HIP 85605 is expected to come closer to us than what Scholz's ever did at 0.13 Light Years, the goods news though is that that won't happen for 250,000 years.
The star is named after its discovered discoverer: astronomer Ralf-Dieter Scholz, of the Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam in Germany. Space
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 object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For Scholz's Star, the location is 07h 20m 03.254 and -08° 46` 49.90 .
Scholz's Star has a spectral type of M9.5+T5 C. This means the star is a red star.
The Parallax of the star is given as 166.00 which gives a calculated distance to Scholz's Star of 19.65 light years from the Earth or 6.02 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 19.65 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.
The star is roughly 1,241,705.48 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.
|Primary / Proper / Traditional Name||Scholz's Star|
|Spectral Type||M9.5+T5 C|
|Constellation's Main Star||No|
|Multiple Star System||No / Unknown|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||07h 20m 03.254|
|Declination (Dec.)||-08° 46` 49.90|
|Distance from Earth||166.00 Parallax (milliarcseconds)|
|19.65 Light Years|
|1,241,705.48 Astronomical Units|
|Radial Velocity||83.10 km/s|
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