Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Van Maanen’s Star

Star type
g WDZ7 VII (white dwarf)

Distance from Earth
g 14.37 ly

Star Service No.
g NA

g NA

Diameter/Mass/Temp (xSol)
g 1.3% (about 7,800 miles); 70% (density of about 20 tons to the cubic inch); NA

Brightness (xSol)
g 0.0182

g NA

Comparison to Sol
g See chart

Picture of star
g See picture (listed as “367”)

Star system features
g Third closest white dwarf to the Sun after Sirius B and the second closest is Procyon B; closest non-binary white dwarf system, however

Known planets
g A second body may be present

Habitable zone
g NA

Orbital map
g NA

View from star
g See sky map

Nearby stars
(Star systems with 10 light years)
g G 158-27, 4.23 ly
g L 1159-16, 4.6 ly
g YZ Ceti, 5.7 ly
g Tau Ceti, 6.2 ly
g BD+01 4774, 6.8 ly
g L 722-22 AB. 7.4 ly
g Luyten 726-8 A/UV Ceti, 7.6 ly
g Teegarden's Star, ~7.8 ly
g Gliese 876 / Ross 780, 8.9 ly
g EZ Aquarii 3, 9 ly
g Groombridge 34 Aab,B, 9.1 ly
g EQ Pegasi 2, 9.3 ly
g Ross 248, 9.5 ly
g Epsilon Eridani, 9.9 ly
g BD+04 123, 10 ly

Map locating star system
g See stellar map
g See 20-ly steller map

Location in Earth sky
g Lies in the center of Constellation Pisces, the Fish, west of Delta Piscium and east of Omega Piscium; not visible to naked eye

Other names
g Gliese 35
g WD 0046+051
g G 001-027
g GCTP 160.00
g LHS 7
g HIP 3829
g G 70-16
g LTT 10292
g LFT 76
g Wolf 28
g W 5

Sci-fi mentions
g A World Out of Time (1976), novel by Larry Niven. Van Maanen's Star is the first target intended for protagonist Jerome Corbell's terraforming loop.
g Frontier: Elite II and Frontier: First Encounters, computer games. The Van Maanen's Star system is the home of a radical religious sect that believes in suffering as the key to salvation. Mining is done without machines, and any surplus money that is not needed to satisfy basic requirements like oxygen, food and water is burned in a sacred ceremony. The system is only accessible with a special permit.

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