Stephenson 2-18 facts for kids
Dense starfield around the red supergiant star St2-18 (brightest star in the image) as seen from the 2MASS astronomical survey. The picture was published in 2003.
Credit: Université de Strasbourg/CNRS
Epoch J2000 Equinox J2000
|Right ascension||18h 39m 02.3709s|
|Declination||-06° 05′ 10.5357″|
|Evolutionary stage||Red supergiant|
|Apparent magnitude (G)||±0.009215.2631|
|Apparent magnitude (J)||7.150|
|Apparent magnitude (H)||4.698|
|Apparent magnitude (K)||2.9|
|Proper motion (μ)||RA: ±0.511 mas/ −3.045yr
Dec.: ±0.480 mas/ −5.950yr
|Parallax (π)||−0.0081 ± 0.3120 mas|
|Luminosity||90,000–440,000; 630,000 L☉|
Stephenson 2-18, Stephenson 2 DFK 1, RSGC2-18, 2MASS J18390238-0605106, IRAS 18363-0607
Stephenson 2-18 (St2-18, also known as Stephenson 2-DFK 1 and RSGC2-18) is a red supergiant (RSG) star. It is close to, and a possible member of, the open cluster Stephenson 2. It is about 6,000 parsecs (20,000 ly) away from Earth in the constellation of Scutum and is one of the largest known stars.
It is also one of the most luminous of its type. It has a radius of 2,150 times that of the Sun, and has a volume 10 billion times that of the Sun. This star has a spectral type of M6, which is pretty unusual for a supergiant star and corresponds to its cool temperature of 3,200 Kelvin.
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