Barnard’s Star – The rapidly moving star.

Barnard’s Star is a very interesting star.

It is known as The Runaway Star, and for good reason.
It’s apparent motion across the sky is relatively fast.

This is a result of it being fairly close to us and its motion changes by a degree every 351 years.

Below is an animated GIF of Barnard’s Star showing its rapid movement across the sky.

One image was taken by me in June 2012.

The other image taken by Nick Hewitt more recently.

You can see how much the star has shifted north over 8 years.


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