WR 26 is a wolf-rayet star that can be located in the constellation of Carina. The description is based on the spectral class.
More details on star alternative names can be found at Star Names .
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 star is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For WR 26, the location is 10h 44m 32.120 and -57° 50` 24.01 .
The star is a Wolf-Rayet, a rare type of star of which not many are known. These stars are extremely luminous and large compared to our Sun. They live fast and die hard in a matter of millions not billions of years like our Sun. They exhaust their hydrogen supplies, turning to other gasses and expand outwards with massive solar winds, moving a step closer in the stellar evolution towards their death in a super or hypernova explosion.
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 -3.80 miliarcseconds/year towards the north and 12.10 miliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.
WR 26 has a spectral type of WN5C.
|Primary / Proper / Traditional Name||WR 26|
|Alternative Names||WR 26|
|Multiple Star System||No / Unknown|
|Star Type||Wolf-Rayet star|
|Right Ascension (R.A.)||10h 44m 32.120|
|Declination (Dec.)||-57° 50` 24.01|
|Proper Motion Dec.||-3.80 milliarcseconds/year|
|Proper Motion RA.||12.10 milliarcseconds/year|