About Barnard's Star

 

Barnard's Star is a small red dwarf start which, at a distance of approximately 6 light years, is the 4th-closest star to our solar system.  It is interesting by virtue of its proximity, and there has been much interest in the possibility of planets orbiting the star.  However, what is even more intriguing is its motion.  While most stars in our orbit the center of the galaxy at roughly the same speed, Barnard's Star is an exception.  It is traveling toward our system at a high rate of speed, and will make its closest approach about 10,000 years from now.

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