We present a measurement of the trigonometric parallax for a nearby very low mass star recently discovered by Delfosse et al. (2001). Using schmidt plates measured on the SuperCOSMOS plate scanning machine we find a parallax of π = 192±37 mas, giving a distance of d = 5.2-0.8+1.2 pc. Using this distance we find the absolute magnitude and kinematics for the object to be consistent with an intermediate-age disk object of mass 0.08 M⊙. This star is clearly nearby and is on these measurements between the 30th and 86th closest known stellar system to the Sun; it could be the closest M9 dwarf to the Sun.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Astronomy & Astrophysics|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2001|
- Stars: individual: DENIS 1048-39
- Stars: low mass