LHS 2459 Gliese 445

Stellar classification



  • X -11
  • Y 11
  • Z -8
→ Sol: 17

Object type

  • High proper-motion Star
  • Star
  • Infra-Red source
simbad:GJ 445


Gliese 445 (Gl 445) is an M-type main sequence star in the constellation of Camelopardalis, close to Polaris. It is currently 17.6 light-years from the Sun and has an apparent magnitude of 10.8. It is visible from north of the Tropic of Cancer all night long, but not to the naked eye. Because the star is a red dwarf with a mass only a quarter to a third of that of our Sun, scientists question the ability of this system to support life. Gliese 445 is also a known X-ray source.

The Voyager 1 probe will pass within 1.6 light-years of Gliese 445 in about 40,000 years. However, by that time the probe will no longer be operational. Also, given the star's inherent low brightness, even at that distance it would be barely visible to the naked eye of a hypothetical human being, with an apparent magnitude of only 5.72.

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