Gliese 445 ( Gl 445) is an M-type main sequence star in the constellation of Camelopardalis, close to Polaris. It is currently 17.6 light-years from the Sun and has an apparent magnitude of 10.8. It is visible from north of the [1 ] Tropic of Cancer all night long, but not to the naked eye. Because the star is a [5 ] red dwarf with a mass only a quarter to a third of that of our Sun, scientists do not believe that its solar system can support life. Gliese 445 is also a known X-ray source. [5 ] [6 ]
Voyager 1 [ edit ]
The star is notable because the
probe will pass within 1.6 light years of it in about 40,000 years, Voyager 1 when Gliese 445 makes a close pass by our solar system (see below). [7 ]
Solar encounter [ edit ]
Distances of the
from 20,000 years ago until 80,000 years in the future
While the Voyager probe flies through space slowly closing on Gliese 445, the star is rapidly approaching the Sun. At the time the probe passes Gliese 445, the star will be about 1.059
parsecs (3.45 light-years) from the Sun, but with less than half the brightness necessary to be seen with the naked eye. [2 ] But the dwarf star will still be [5 ] further away than other stars have achieved.
References [ edit ]
^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m LHS 2459 -- High proper-motion Star, database entry, SIMBAD. Accessed on line July 29, 2008.
^ a b Bobylev, Vadim V. (March 2010). "Searching for Stars Closely Encountering with the Solar System". Astronomy Letters 36 (3): 220–226. arXiv: 1003.2160. Bibcode: 2010AstL...36..220B. doi: 10.1134/S1063773710030060.
^ a b AC+79 3888, entry, Catalogue of nearest stars until 10pc, V. A. Zakhozhaj, CDS ID V/101.
^ The Closest Stars
^ a b c Page 168, Planets Beyond: Discovering the Outer Solar System, Mark Littmann, Mineola, New York: Courier Dover Publications, 2004, ISBN 0-486-43602-0.
^ Schmitt JHMM, Fleming TA, Giampapa MS (September 1995). "The X-Ray View of the Low-Mass Stars in the Solar Neighborhood". Ap J. 450 (9): 392–400. Bibcode: 1995ApJ...450..392S. doi: 10.1086/176149.
^ NASA – Voyager - Mission - Interstellar Mission
External links [ edit ]
image of TYC 4553-192-1 (Gliese 445)