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V901 Scorpii

V901 Scorpii Facts

Location of V901 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 V901 Scorpii, the location is 17 02 45.9043721255 and -32 43 31.755623393 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of V901 Scorpii

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 2.05 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 1.29 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is 1.00 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 V901 Scorpii

V901 Scorpii has a spectral type of C-N4.5. This means the star is a carbon red carbon star.

Distance to V901 Scorpii

The Parallax of the star is given as 0.59 which gives a calculated distance to V901 Scorpii of 5562.13 light years from the Earth or 1705.32 parsecs. It would take a spaceship travelling at the speed of light, 5562.13 years to get there. We don't have the technology or spaceship that can carry people over that distance yet.

The star is roughly 351,745,048.40 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 V901 Scorpii Facts and Figures

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameV901 Scorpii
Spectral TypeC-N4.5
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeCarbon Star
ColourRed
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationScorpius
Right Ascension (R.A.) 17 02 45.9043721255
Declination (Dec.)-32 43 31.755623393
Distance from Earth0.59 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 5562.13 Light Years
 1705.32 Parsecs
 351,745,048.40 Astronomical Units
Proper Motion Dec.2.05 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.1.29 milliarcseconds/year
Radial Velocity1.00 km/s

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

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