From the Wikipedia page on Wolf 424
Due to its proximity and fast motion towards the Sun, Wolf 424 will brighten by more than 2% over the course of the 21st century. In approximately 7700 years it will make its nearest approach at a distance of about 1 light year.
See ya in 9700.
And here's a picture for your records:
A light year is pretty darn close, and astronomically, 7k years isn't that long at all. I'm thinking someone needs to write a story.
As I've thought about this some more, I've realized (with the help of wikipedia) that Wolf 242 is moving, relative to the speed of the Solar System, at 555km/s, which is almost 2 percent of light speed.  Right? There has to be a story in this.
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