Wolf 359

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name=Wolf 359
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caption= Wolf 359 is shown near the ecliptic in the southern region of Leo. It is invisible to the naked eye.
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ra=RA|10|56|28.99cite web
title=SIMBAD Query: V* CN Leo -- Flare Star
publisher=Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg
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class=M6.5 Ve
variable=Flare star
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age=1–3.5 × 108cite journal
author=Pavlenko, Ya. V.; Jones, H. R. A.; Lyubchik, Yu.; Tennyson, J.; Pinfield, D. J.
title=Spectral energy distribution for GJ406
journal=Astronomy and Astrophysics
year=2006 | volume=447 | issue=2 | pages=709-717
mass=0.09 [cite web
author=Staff | date =June 8, 2007
title=List of the Nearest 100 Stellar Systems
publisher=Research Consortium on Nearby Stars
radius=0.16 [cite journal
author=Doyle, J. G.; Butler, C. J.
title=Optical and infrared photometry of dwarf M and K stars
journal=Astronomy and Astrophysics
rotation=<3.0 km/scite journal
last=Mohanty | first=Subhanjoy | coauthors=Basri, Gibor
title=Rotation and Activity in Mid-M to L Field Dwarfs
journal=The Astrophysical Journal
year=2003 | volume=583 | issue=1 | pages=451-472
luminosity=0.0009 [cite journal
last = West | first = Frederick R.
title=Letter to the Editor: The Corona of CN Leonis (Gliese 406) and its Possible Detection at Radio Frequencies
journal=The Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers
year=2002 | volume=30 | issue=2 | pages=149-150
temperature=2,800 ± 100
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names=CN Leonis, CN Leo, GJ 406, G 045-020, LTT 12923, LFT 750, LHS 36, GCTP 2553.

Wolf 359 is a star located approximately 2.4 parsecs or 7.7 light years from Earth. It is one of the nearest stars; only the Alpha Centauri system and Barnard's star are known to be closer. Its celestial position is in the constellation Leo, near the ecliptic. It is an extremely faint red dwarf and too dim to be visible to the naked eye, with a visual magnitude of 13.54. It is a flare star that undergoes random increases in luminosity because of magnetic activity on its surface.


The star was discovered using astrophotography by German astronomer Max Wolf in 1918. [cite journal
last=Wolf | first=M.
title=Katalog von 1053 staerker bewegten Fixsternen
journal=Veroeffentlichungen der Badischen Sternwarte zu Heidelberg
year=1919 | volume=7 | issue=10 | pages=195–219
See p. 206.
] Its closest neighbor is Ross 128, 1.16 pc or 3.79 ly away. [cite web
title=Wolf 359
publisher=SolStation Company
] In 2001 this became the first star other than the Sun to have the spectrum of its corona observed from a ground-based telescope. [cite journal
author=Schmitt, J. H. M. M. ; Wichmann, R.
title=Ground-based observation of emission lines from the corona of a red-dwarf star
journal=Nature | year=2001 | volume=412
issue=2 | pages=508-510

This is a red dwarf star of spectral class M6.5. The projected rotational velocity of this star's equator is less than 3 km/s; below the threshold of detection through spectral line broadening. The outer atmosphere of Wolf 359 is sufficiently cool that molecular lines appear in the spectrum. The space velocity of this star suggests that it belongs to the population of old disk stars. However, evolutionary models suggest that it is a relatively young star with an age of less than a billion years.

It is classified as a UV Ceti-type flare star, [cite journal
author=Gershberg, R. E.; Shakhovskaia, N. I.
title=Characteristics of activity energetics of he UV Cet-type flare stars
journal=Astrophysics and Space Science
year=1983 | volume=95 | issue=2 | pages=235-253
] and has a relatively high flare rate. Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) detected 32 flare events within a two hour period, with energies of 1027 ergs (1020 joules) and higher. [cite journal
author=Robinson, R. D.; Carpenter, K. G.; Percival, J. W.; Bookbinder, J. A.
title=A Search for Microflaring Activity on dMe Flare Stars. I. Observations of the dM8e Star CN Leonis
journal=Astrophysical Journal
year=1995 | volume=451 | pages=795-805
] The mean magnetic field has a strength of about 2.2 kG, but this varies significantly on time scales a short as six hours. [cite journal
last=Reiners | first=A.
coauthors=Schmitt, J. H. M. M.; Liefke, C.
title=Rapid magnetic flux variability on the flare star CN Leonis
journal=Astronomy and Astrophysics
year=2007 | volume=466 | issue=2 | pages=L13-L16
] By comparison, the magnetic field of the Sun averages 1 Gauss, although it can rise as high as 3 kG in active sunspot regions. [cite news
date=January 7, 2007
title=Calling Dr. Frankenstein! : Interactive Binaries Show Signs of Induced Hyperactivity
publisher=National Optical Astronomy Observatory

A search of this star by the HST revealed no stellar companions. However this does not preclude the presence of smaller companions that are below the telescope's detection limit, such as a planet in a close orbit. [cite journal
author=Daniel J. Schroeder "et al"
title=A Search for Faint Companions to Nearby Stars Using the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2
journal=The Astronomical Journal
year=2000 | volume=119 | issue=2 | pages=906-922
] No excess infrared emission has been detected, which may indicate the lack of a debris disk in orbit around this star. [cite journal
last=Gautier | first=T. N.
coauthors=Beichman, C. A.; Bryden, G.; Chen, C. H.; Gordon, K. D.; Rieke, G. H.; Stansberry, J. A.; Stapelfeldt, K. R.; Trilling, D. E.; Werner, M. W.; MIPS
title=Far Infrared Properties of M Dwarfs
journal=Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
year=2004 | volume=36 | pages=1431-

ee also

* List of nearest stars
* Wolf 359 in fiction


External links

* [http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/W/Wolf_359.html The Encyclopedia of Astrobiology, Astronomy, and Spaceflight]

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