The Outer Limits - Original

Wolf 359

Season 2, Ep 8, Aired 11/7/64
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  • Episode Description
  • A college professor recreates the environment of a distant planet in order to study its evolution... which happens quickly.

  • Cast & Crew
  • László Benedek

  • Ben Brady

  • Richard H. Landau

  • Seeleg Lester

  • Sam White (I)

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A ho-hum episode

    By BriggSabol, Nov 27, 2012

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Control Voice: (closing narration) There is a theory that earth and sun and galaxy and all the known universes are only a dustmote on some policeman's uniform in some gigantic superworld. Couldn't we be under some super microscope right now.

    • Jonathan Meridith: Final report, Dundee Planet, star system Wolf 359. The experiment is finished. My planet is destroyed. My recommendation to the Dundee Foundation change the planet selected. Its not a place we can land our spacemen, but the project is feasible. A planet can be recreated in a laboratory. The odds are... the odds are, Mr Dundee, the next time... the next time, it'll be a place of some love and warmth like our planet Earth.

    • Control Voice: (opening narration) Outward stretches the quest for truth. Stars without end. Timeless infinities. A billion billion galaxies. Man's imagination reaches out and out while betimes the farthest reaches of knowledge are found in the smallest places.

    Allusions (1)

    • Wolf 359, the site of the planet simulated in this episode, is a real location. It is a small variable red dwarf 7.8 light years from Earth. It lies within the astronomical boundaries of Leo, but is not part of the visible constellation - with a visible magnitude of 13, it cannot be seen without a telescope, even though it is the third known closest star to our solar system (only the Alpha Centauri system and Barnard's Star are closer). It was discovered in 1918 by German astronomer Max Wolf on photographic plates. Wolf 359 is the star's most common name; it has alternate designations from other star catalogues: CN Leonis, GCTP 2553, GJ 406, G 045-020, LTT 12923, LFT 750 and LHS 36.

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