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Scholz's Star

Scholz's Star Facts

Information on Scholz's Star

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.

Fortunately for us, it didn't affect the Oort Cloud and send any comets towards us that could cause a Mass Extinction just as humanity was beginning to take hold on the planet.

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

Location of Scholz's Star

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 .

Physical Properties (Colour) of Scholz's Star

Scholz's Star Colour and Temperature

Scholz's Star has a spectral type of M9.5+T5 C. This means the star is a red star.

Distance to Scholz's 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.

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Additional Scholz's Star Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameScholz's Star
Spectral TypeM9.5+T5 C
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star Type Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Right Ascension (R.A.)07h 20m 03.254
Declination (Dec.)-08° 46` 49.90
Distance from Earth166.00 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 19.65 Light Years
 6.02 Parsecs
 1,241,705.48 Astronomical Units
Radial Velocity83.10 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

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