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Your Birthday Star!
Posted 7/5/14 , edited 7/5/14
The Joint Astronomy Council run by the Science and Technology Facilities Council of the United Kingdom has a very cool "computer" on its website; it tells you your Birth Star!

This is really a simple process where you enter your birthday information and the "computer" finds the star that is as many light years away as you are old. I think it's very cool to know that the light of your birth star took roughly your age in light years to reach earth and become visible.

Simply follow the link and enter your birth year, month, and day. Once you have your results share them by either directly capturing the results and posting them...




...or you can just type the name of the star and any other information you'd like to.

Name: Groombridge 1830 / NS 1152+3743
Visible Magnitude: 6.42

Right ascension 11:52:58.8
Declination 37:43:7.2

Distance: 29.7 light years away.
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Are you 14?
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Your Birthday Star:

Your birthday star is in the constellation Bootes. It has the name χ (Chi) Bootis in Johann Bayer's Uranometria star catalog. It is also called 37 Bootis in the Historia Cœlestis Britannica of John Flamsteed and Edmund Halley. It is called NS 1451+1906 A in the NStars database.

It has visual magnitude 4.7 meaning that you could just see this star with the naked eye under the best viewing conditions. It is marked in the center of this star chart, at celestial coordinates (J2000 equinox):

Right ascension 14:51:23.4
Declination 19:6:1.7
This star is 22.1 light years away, which means that the light we see from it today set off on its journey at about the same time that you were born. Come back in a month or two and your birthday star may change, as the light from more distant stars reaches Earth.
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Your Birthday Star:

Your birthday star is in the constellation Cassiopeia. It has the name η (Eta) Cassiopeiae in Johann Bayer's Uranometria star catalog. It is also called 24 Cassiopeiae in the Historia Cœlestis Britannica of John Flamsteed and Edmund Halley. It is called NS 0049+5748 A in the NStars database.

It has visual magnitude 3.46 meaning that you could see this star with the naked eye in good viewing conditions. It is marked in the center of this star chart, at celestial coordinates (J2000 equinox):

Right ascension 0:49:6.3
Declination 57:48:54.7
This star is 19.4 light years away, which means that the light we see from it today set off on its journey at about the same time that you were born. Come back in a month or two and your birthday star may change, as the light from more distant stars reaches Earth.
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17 / M / CA hmm...
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Just for kicks...

If you could drive a car the distance covered in 19.9 light years to reach Delta Pavonis from Earth, it would take...

Delta Pavonis is 19.9 light years away. That is equal to 188,268,536,000,000 kilometers
At 97kmh (~60mph) it would take 221,565,381 years of constant driving to reach Delta Pavonis

If the average car can last about 300,000 km, then it would take approximately 627,561,787 cars to reach Delta Pavonis

In 2011 the total mass production of cars in the world totaled 59,329,016 units for that year alone. At that rate it would take approximately 10.5 years to build enough cars to drive to Delta Pavonis from Earth when going 97kmh.

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Thats pretty neat. I like this thread.
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Chofrizzy wrote:



17 / M / CA hmm...


I fake my age
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Kazuma_ wrote:


Chofrizzy wrote:



17 / M / CA hmm...


I fake my age


Well at least you're honest
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Your Birthday Star:

Your birthday star has the common name Fomalhaut. It is called NS 2257-2937 A in the NStars database.

It has visual magnitude 1.15 meaning that it is one of the brightest stars in the sky! It is marked in the center of this star chart, at celestial coordinates (J2000 equinox):

Right ascension 22:57:39.1
Declination -29:37:20
This star is 25.0 light years away, which means that the light we see from it today set off on its journey at about the same time that you were born. Come back in a month or two and your birthday star may change, as the light from more distant stars reaches Earth.
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