Friday, January 21, 2011

RECONS update contains new "Near Star"

The team at RECONS have updated their list of the closest 100 stars. Parallaxes from the 2007 Hipparcos revision have been included, which results in a slight reordering of the entries.

There is one new stellar entry, for 2MASS J09393548-2448279 , which is a new candidate for the NSTARS database. As the designations have been assigned for all the initial entries, this would get the next number in the sequence for its constellation (which would be N10 Antliae).

Interestingly, it is the second brown dwarf in Antlia to be included. N1 Antliae is also in the top 100 (under the name "DEN 0255-4700"), about 4-5 pc away.

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