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WASP-5 Facts

  • WASP-5 is a star that can be located in the constellation of Phoenix. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • WASP-5 is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (G5) of the star, the star's colour is yellow .
  • The star can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.
  • It is calculated at being 3.000 Billion Years old. This information comes from ExoPlanet.
  • WASP-5 has at least 1 Extrasolar Planets believed to be in orbit around the star.
  • WASP-5 has a radius that is 1.08 times bigger than the Suns. Radius
  • The star is calculated at being about 968.71 light years away from us. Distance

Location of WASP-5

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 WASP-5, the location is 23h 57m 24.00 and -41° 16` 38.00 .

Physical Properties of WASP-5

WASP-5 Colour and Temperature

Based on the star's spectral type of G5 , WASP-5's colour and type is yellow star. Based on the star's spectral, the stars temperature is between 5,200.00 and 6,000.00 degrees kelvin.

WASP-5 Radius

WASP-5 Radius has been calculated as being 1.08 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 754,247.20.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2.

WASP-5 Metalicity

The star's metallicity is 0.090000, this value is the fractional amount of the star that is not Hydrogen (X) or Helium (Y). An older star would have a high metallicity whereas a new star would have a lower one.

WASP-5 Estimated Age

The star is believed to be about 3.00 Billion years old. To put in context, the Sun is believed to be about five billion years old and the Universe is about 13.8 billion years old.

WASP-5 Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

WASP-5 has an apparent magnitude of 12.26 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. Using the supplied Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 4.90 Magnitude, whether it be apparent/visual or absolute magnitude is measured by a number, the smaller the number, the brighter the Star is. Our own Sun is the brightest star and therefore has the lowest of all magnitudes, -26.74. A faint star will have a high number.

Distance to WASP-5

The Parallax of the star is given as 3.36700 which gives a calculated distance to WASP-5 of 968.71 light years from the Earth or 297.00 parsecs. It is about 5,694,683,185,256,695 miles from Earth.

The star is roughly 61,260,220.59 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 WASP-5

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)
Airbus A380736882,653,579.73
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269846,682,238.80
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.54423,340,567.65
New Horizons Probe33,00019,685,849.54
Speed of Light670,616,629.00968.71

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Additional WASP-5 Facts and Figures

Visual Facts

Primary / Proper / Traditional NameWASP-5
Spectral TypeG5
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeStar
GalaxyMilky Way
Age3.00 Billion Years Old
Visual / Apparent Magnitude12.26
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)23h 57m 24.00
Declination (Dec.)-41° 16` 38.00
Distance from Earth3.36700 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 968.71 Light Years
 297.00 Parsecs
 61,260,220.59 Astronomical Units

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts

Exoplanet Count1

Estimated Calculated Facts

Radius (x the Sun)1.08
Calculated Temperature Range5,200.00 - 6,000.00

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List of Extrasolar Planets orbiting WASP-5

NameStatusMass (Jupiters)Orbital Period (Days)EccentricityDiscoveredSemi-Major AxisPeriastronInclination
WASP-5 bConfirmed0.0821.6280.020070.0272985.800

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