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2001A&A...374L..12S - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 374, L12-15 (2001/8-1)

Search for nearby stars among proper motion stars selected by optical-to-infrared photometry. I. Discovery of LHS 2090 at spectroscopic distance of d∼6pc.


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We present the discovery of a previously unknown very nearby star - LHS 2090 at a distance of only d=6pc. In order to find nearby (i.e. d<25pc) red dwarfs, we re-identified high proper motion stars (µ>0.18arcsec/yr) from the NLTT catalogue (Luyten, 1979-1980, NLTT catalog, I/98) in optical Digitized Sky Survey data for two different epochs and in the 2MASS data base. Only proper motion stars with large R-Ks colour index and with relatively bright infrared magnitudes (Ks<10) were selected for follow-up spectroscopy. The low-resolution spectrum of LHS 2090 and its large proper motion (0.79arcsec/yr) classify this star as an M6.5 dwarf. The resulting spectroscopic distance estimate from comparing the infrared JHKs magnitudes of LHS 2090 with absolute magnitudes of M6.5 dwarfs is 6.0±1.1pc assuming an uncertainty in absolute magnitude of ±0.4mag.

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Journal keyword(s): astrometry and celestial mechanics: astrometry - astronomical data base: surveys - stars: late-type - stars: low mass, brown dwarfs

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