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SS Aurigae Facts

Location of SS Aurigae

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 SS Aurigae, the location is 06 13 22.4341940496 and +47 44 25.346818461 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of SS Aurigae

Proper Motion

All stars like planets orbit round a central spot, in the case of planets, its the central star such as the Sun. In the case of a star, its the galactic centre. The constellations that we see today will be different than they were 50,000 years ago or 50,000 years from now. Proper Motion details the movements of these stars and are measured in milliarcseconds. The star is moving -23.40 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 4.15 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Radial Velocity

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is 45.00 km/s . When the value is negative then the star and the Sun are getting closer to one another, likewise, a positive number means that two stars are moving away. Its nothing to fear as the stars are so far apart, they won't collide in our life-time, if ever.

Physical Properties (Colour) of SS Aurigae

SS Aurigae Colour and Temperature

SS Aurigae has a spectral type of Be:+?sd E ~. This means the star is a blue star.

Distance to SS Aurigae

The Parallax of the star is given as 3.85 which gives a calculated distance to SS Aurigae of 847.38 light years from the Earth or 259.80 parsecs. It is about 568,267,119,082 miles from Earth.

The star is roughly 53,587,223.26 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.

Travel Time to SS Aurigae

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Walking4142,066,779,770.51
Car1204,735,559,325.68
Airbus A380736772,102,063.97
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269740,636,099.05
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54370,317,566.88
New Horizons Probe33,00017,220,215.73
Speed of Light670,616,629.00847.38

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Additional SS Aurigae Facts and Figures

Visual Facts


Primary / Proper / Traditional NameSS Aurigae
Spectral TypeBe:+?sd E ~
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeStar
ColourBlue
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationAuriga
Right Ascension (R.A.)06 13 22.4341940496
Declination (Dec.)+47 44 25.346818461
Distance from Earth3.85 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 847.38 Light Years
 259.80 Parsecs
 53,587,223.26 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-23.40 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.4.15 milliarcseconds/year
Radial Velocity45.00 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Sources and Links


Sourcehttp://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-id?Ident=%40350593&Name=V*%20SS%20Aur&submit=submit

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