Gliese 412

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Gliese 412 A/B
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Ursa Major
Right ascension 11h 05m 28.5777s[1]
Declination +43° 31′ 36.394″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 8.68[2]/14.45[3]
Spectral type M2 V[2]/M6[3]
U−B color index +1.16/—[4]
B−V color index +1.54[4]/2.08[5]
Radial velocity (Rv) +64.9 ± 0.9[6] km/s
Proper motion (μ) RA: -4409.90[1] mas/yr
Dec.: 942.31[1] mas/yr
Parallax (π) 206.27 ± 1.00[7] mas
Distance 15.81 ± 0.08 ly
(4.85 ± 0.02 pc)
Absolute magnitude (MV) 10.34/16.05[8]
Mass 0.48/0.10[8] M
Surface gravity (log g) 4.90[9]/— cgs
Temperature 3,687[9]/2,700[5] K
Metallicity -0.43[9]/—
Rotational velocity (v sin i) <3/7.7 ± 1.7[10] km/s
Other designations
GJ 412, BD+44°2051.[2]

A: G 176-11, LTT 12976, LFT 757, LHS 38, NLTT 26245, FK5 4979, SAO 43609, HIP 54211, PLX 2582.[2]

B: WX UMa, G 176-12, LTT 12977, LFT 758, LHS 39, NLTT 26247.[3]
Database references
SIMBAD The system

Gliese 412 is a pair of stars that share a common proper motion through space and are thought to form a binary star system. The pair have an angular separation of 31.4″ at a position angle of 126.1°.[11] They are located 15.8 light years distant from the Sun in the constellation Ursa Major. Both components are relatively dim red dwarf stars.

The two stellar components of this system are currently separated by about 190 AU.[12] The primary has about 48% of the Sun's mass, while the secondary is only 10%.[8] The primary has a projected rotation velocity at the equator of less than 3 km/s. The secondary has a rotation velocity of 7.7 ± 1.7 km/s.[10]

The primary star was monitored for radial velocity (RV) variations caused by a Jupiter-mass companion in a short period orbit. It displayed no significant excess of RV variation that could be attributed to a planet.[13] A search of the system using near-infrared speckle interferometry also failed to detect a companion orbiting at distances of 1–10 AU.[14] Nor was a brown dwarf been detected orbiting within this system.[15]

The space velocity components of this system are U = 141, V = –7 and W = 7. They are members of the halo population of the Milky Way galaxy.[10]

X-ray source[edit]

The secondary is a flare star that is referred to as WX Ursae Majoris. It is characterized as a UV Ceti type variable star that displays infrequent increases in luminosity. This star was observed to flare as early as 1939 by the Dutch astronomer Adriaan van Maanen.[16]

Component B (WX Ursae Majoris) has been identified as an X-ray source, while no significant X-ray emission was detected from component A.[17] This system had not been studied in X-rays prior to ROSAT.[17]


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