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SU Scorpii (Carbon Star) Facts

SU Scorpii Facts

Location of SU Scorpii

The location of the Carbon 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 SU Scorpii, the location is 16 40 38.6732200510 and -32 22 48.048007458 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of SU Scorpii

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 -1.19 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and -2.81 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 -19.00 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 SU Scorpii

SU Scorpii Colour and Temperature

SU Scorpii has a spectral type of C-N5- B. This means the star is a carbon red Carbon star.

Distance to SU Scorpii

The Parallax of the star is given as 1.25 which gives a calculated distance to SU Scorpii of 2602.02 light years from the Earth or 797.77 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 2602.02 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

The star is roughly 164,550,727.87 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 SU Scorpii Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameSU Scorpii
Spectral TypeC-N5- B
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeCarbon Star
GalaxyMilky Way
Right Ascension (R.A.)16 40 38.6732200510
Declination (Dec.)-32 22 48.048007458
Distance from Earth1.25 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 2602.02 Light Years
 797.77 Parsecs
 164,550,727.87 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.-1.19 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.-2.81 milliarcseconds/year
Radial Velocity-19.00 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

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