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Wolf 359

CN Leonis, Gliese 406

Proper NameNone
Bayer DesignationNone
Flamsteed NumberNone
HR (BSC)None
Variable DesignationCN Leonis
Other DesignationsWolf 359, Gliese 406
Right Ascension10h 56m 29s
Declination+7° 0' 52"
Distance7.9 light years
2.4 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +13.5
Absolute: +16.6
Spectral ClassM6.5Ve red dwarf
Planets in this systemWolf 359 b, unconfirmed extrasolar planet
Wolf 359 c, unconfirmed extrasolar planet
Optimum VisibilityMarch
NotesWolf 359 is a tiny red star, with a mass of only about 9% that of the Sun and a diameter of just 110,000 km (less than a fifth that of the Sun). It is a higly active flare star of the UV Ceti classification, producing sudden bursts of energy as often as several times per hour.

A very faint red dwarf star, with only a fraction of the luminosity of the Sun. Wolf 359 is a near neighbour to the Earth, lying just under eight light years away.

Location of Wolf 359

Wolf 359 is a red dwarf lying just off the line of the Ecliptic in the constellation of Leo. With a visual magnitude of just +13.5, it is far too faint to be seen with the naked eye.

Relative Galactic Position of Wolf 359

The galactic position and direction of Wolf 359 relative to Earth's Sun. Note that, at this extreme scale, the two stars are effectively in the same place.


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