TIL that Wolf 359 is an actual star. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that they make references to real astronomical bodies in Star Trek, but I’d never really thought about it before.
@Omega_Molecule techies for sci-fi have gotten better at making their science real in terms with what we know and think.
@Redsheep Sure seems that way. I appreciate it.
«Wolf 359 is a red dwarf star located in the constellation Leo, near the ecliptic. At a distance of approximately 7.9 light years from Earth, it has an apparent magnitude of 13.54 and can only be seen with a large telescope. Wolf 359 is one of the nearest stars to the Sun; only the Alpha Centauri system (including Proxima Centauri), Barnard's Star and the brown dwarfs Luhman 16 and WISE 0855−0714 are known to be closer.»
«Wolf 359 is the orange-hued star located just above the center of this 2009 astrophotograph.»
«This picture of Wolf 359 was taken with an astrocamera of 1.040 mm focal distance. The red dwarf is well discernible a little bit above the center of the image. It shifts toward "four o'clock" each year by bare five arcseconds.»
«The proper motion of Wolf 359 was first measured in 1917 by German astronomer Max Wolf, with the aid of astrophotography.»
It's also the name of a fun audio drama.
@gold_pen_leaps No kidding. Is that a Star Trek-themed audio drama or something else?
Not Star Trek related, but the narrator character knows a lot of pop culture references, so I wouldn't be surprised if the title was on purpose. The story takes place in that area of space.
It's a complete story, and one of my favorite podcasts.
@gold_pen_leaps That's really neat. I think I found it in my podcast app. Thanks for the rec! I'll check it out.
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