Tuesday, August 14, 2007

LP 944-020

Star type
g Brown dwarf

Distance from Earth
g 16.19 ly

Star Service No.
g NA

g About 475 to 650 million years old but may be around 320 million years old if it is a member of the Castor moving group

Diamater/Mass/Temp (xSol)
g 10%; 64xJupiter; about 900 K

Brightness (xSol)
g 14.5/100,000th

g NA

Comparison to Sol
g See illustration

Picture of star
g See picture

Star system features
g Appears to be a member of the Castor moving group
g Changes in the surface chemistry of the brown dwarf suggested that it had weather patterns with winds, clouds and storms, similar to those found on a gas giant planet like Jupiter
g Can release X-ray flares; once thought to be a red dwarf but recently reclassified

Known planets
g None

Habitable zone
g Unlikely to support life except on moons of orbiting gas giants (of which none have been found)

Orbital map
g NA

View from star
g NA

Nearby stars
(Star systems with 10 light years)
g 82 Eridani AB: 4.4 ly
g LHS 1565 / GJ 1061: 4.9 ly
g Kapteyn's Star: 6.1 ly
g Hip 15689: 6.3 ly
g 40 Eridani 3: 8.2 ly
g Epsilon Eridani: 8.3 ly
g Tau Ceti: 8.9 ly
g YZ Ceti: 10 ly

Map locating star system
g See stellar map

Location in Earth sky
g In eastern part of Constellation Fornax, the Furnace, in the southern hemisphere - southeast of Alpha Fornacis and northeast of Acamar (Theta1 Eridani)

Other names
g BRI 0337-3535
g 2MASS J03393521-3525440
g 2MASSW J0339352-352544
g APMPM J0340-3526
g BRI 0337-3535
g BRI B0337-3535
g LEHPM 3451
g N3 9
g NS 0339-3525

Sci-fi mentions
gJacob’s Ladder”, flash fiction story by Daivos

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