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The Real Wolf 359 Revisited – New Planetary Discoveries

13 Nov 2019, 07:56 UTC
The Real Wolf 359 Revisited – New Planetary Discoveries
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For Star Trek fans like myself, the mention of the nearby star, Wolf 359, instantly brings to mind the “Battle of Wolf 359”. Originally seen in the 1990 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation entitled “The Best of Both Worlds Part II” and again from a different perspective in the opening scene of the premier episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, “The Emissary”, a combined fleet of 40 Federation and Klingon ships is destroyed in a conflict with a single Borg ship intercepted at Wolf 359 on its way to Earth in the year 2367.
While this battle is fictional, Wolf 359 is real star system that has been of interest to astronomers for a century now. And given its comparative closeness, Wolf 359 is a potential target for early interstellar missions. Four years ago, I wrote an essay about what was known at the time about this nearby red dwarf and what searches for exoplanets had not found to that point (see “The Real Wolf 359”). In June of 2019, an international team of astronomers led by Mikko Tuomi (University of Hertfordshire – UK) submitted a paper for peer-reviewed publication with the results of the latest survey ...

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