The Barnard’s Star, two years later (03 July 2016)

Barnard's Star: 2014 (star on the left) vs 2016

Barnard’s Star: 2014 (star on the right) vs 2016

Do you remember the famous Barnard’s Star? Probably yes. It is the star showing the highest annual proper motion (10.3″/year). In 2014 we did a few images of it, using some old plates from the Palomar Observatory to show its motion. Last night, we covered this target again, so we were ready to check again for its motion.

The animation above is showing a comparison between 2014 (star on the right) and 2016 images (star on the left). It is impressive to see all this motion for a star, isn’t it? Because of its large proper motion, the Barnard’s Star is a perfect target for small telescopes to see a star in action!

The images were remotely taken with the PlaneWave 17″ + Paramount ME + SBIG STL-6303E robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope.

We are happy with this, so we will be back on this target next year!

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