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Barnard’s Star

Velox Barnardi

Proper NamesBarnard's Star, Velox Barnardi
ConstellationOphiuchus
Right Ascension17h 57m 52s
Declination+4° 42' 3"
Distance5.9 light years
1.8 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +9.5
Absolute: +13.2
Spectral ClassM2 Red Subdwarf
Optimum VisibilityJuly
Location of Barnard's Star

In the northern reaches of Ophiuchus lies tiny, faint Barnard's Star, one of the Sun's nearest neighbours in space.

Barnard's Star

The Sun's near-neighbour Barnard's Star, a faint star in Ophiuchus less than six light years from Earth's Solar System. Indications have been discovered that this red dwarf might have one or more attendant planets.

After Proxima and Alpha Centauri, Barnard's Star is the Sun's closest neighbour in space. Nonetheless, it is a tiny, feeble star and quite invisible to the naked eye.

Orion from Barnard's Star

To an observer near Barnard's Star, Orion is still clearly recognisable. Following the line of the Belt downwards and eastwards, though, reveals a new, yellow star of first magnitude: our own Sun, nearly six light years away.

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