The Hunter pp 113-130 | Cite as

Humankind on the Verge of Becoming a Spacefaring Civilization

  • Giancarlo GentaEmail author
Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)


The action is set in the year 2328, in the system of the double star BD–05 1844 (or Gliese 250) at 28.4 light years (9.2 parsecs) from the Sun. The primary star, BD-05 1844 A is an orange-red dwarf star (K3V), with a mass about 80 % of the mass of the Sun but a luminosity of only 14.6 %. BD-05 1844 B is a red dwarf, (M2.5V), with 50 % the mass of the Sun and only 0.58 % of its luminosity. Their separation is about 500 astronomical units.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departmant of MechanicsPolitecnico (Technical University) di TorinoTorinoItaly

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