GJ 3379

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GJ 3379
Observation data
Epoch J2000.0      Equinox J2000.0
Constellation Orion
Right ascension 06h 00m 3.495s
Declination +02° 42′ 23.67″
Apparent magnitude (V) +11.33
Spectral type M3.5V
Radial velocity (Rv) +30.0 km/s
Parallax (π) 186.3 ± 6.2 mas
Distance 17.5 ± 0.6 ly
(5.4 ± 0.2 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) +12.68
Mass 0.19 M
Database references

GJ 3379 (Giclas 99-49) is the nearest star in the Orion constellation, being around 17.5 lightyears away from the Sun. The main sequence star is a red dwarf with the spectral class M3.5V. It has an apparent magnitude of 11.33 and an absolute magnitude of 12.68. The star is therefore not visible with the naked eye. It is located in the left upper part of the Orion constellation, below Betelgeuse. It's radial velocity is +30.0 kilometers per second. According to the SIMBAD database, the star is classified as a flare star.

In the past, this star may have had a close encounter with the Solar System. Some 163,000 ± 3,000 years ago, it achieved a minimum distance of 4.30 ± 0.10 ly (1.32 ± 0.03 pc).[1]


  1. ^ Bobylev, V. V. (November 2010). "Stars outside the Hipparcos list closely encountering the Solar system". Astronomy Letters 36 (11): 816–822. arXiv:1009.4856. Bibcode:2010AstL...36..816B. doi:10.1134/S1063773710110071. 

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Coordinates: Sky map 06h 00m 3.495s, +02° 42′ 23.67″