Research Consortium On Nearby Stars

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The REsearch Consortium On Nearby Stars (RECONS) is an international group of astronomers founded in 1994 to investigate the stars nearest to the Solar System - with a focus on those within 10 parsecs (32.6 light years), but as of 2012 stretching the horizon to 25 parsecs. In part the project hopes a more accurate survey of local star systems will give a better picture of the star systems in the Galaxy as a whole.

Notable discoveries[edit]

The Consortium claims authorship of the The Solar Neighborhood series in the The Astronomical Journal, that began in 1994.[1] This series now numbers over 20 papers and submissions. The following discoveries are from this series:

  • GJ 1061 was discovered to be the 20th nearest known star system, at a distance of 11.9 light years.[2]
  • The discovery of 20 previously unknown star systems within 10 parsecs of the Solar System. These are in addition to 8 new star systems announced between 2000 and 2005.[4]

RECONS is listed explicitly as an author on papers submitted to the Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society since 2004.[5]

The RECONS web page includes the frequently referenced List of the 100 Nearest Star Systems. They update this list as discoveries are made.

Personnel[edit]

Todd J. Henry of Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA, is the Consortium's founder and director. Other key astronomers involved in the project include Wei-Chun Jao (GSU), John Subasavage (USNO-Flagstaff), Charlie Finch (USNO-DC), Adric Riedel (AMNH/Hunter College), Sergio Dieterich (GSU), Jennifer Winters (GSU), and Phil Ianna (University of Virginia).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Henry, Todd J.; Kirkpatrick, J. Davy; Simons, Douglas A. (October 1994). "The solar neighborhood, 1: Standard spectral types (K5-M8) for northern dwarfs within eight parsecs". The Astronomical Journal 108 (4): 1437–1444. Bibcode:1994AJ....108.1437H. doi:10.1086/117167. 
  2. ^ Henry, Todd J.; et al. (July 1997). "The solar neighborhood IV: discovery of the twentieth nearest star". Astronomical Journal 114: 388–395. Bibcode:1997AJ....114..388H. doi:10.1086/118482. 
  3. ^ Costa, Edgardo; Méndez, René A.; Jao, W.-C.; Henry, Todd J.; Subasavage, John P.; Ianna, Philip A. (September 2006). "The Solar Neighborhood. XVI. Parallaxes from CTIOPI: Final Results from the 1.5 m Telescope Program". The Astronomical Journal 132 (3): 1234–1247. Bibcode:2006AJ....132.1234C. doi:10.1086/505706. 
  4. ^ Henry, Todd J.; et al. (December 2006). "The Solar Neighborhood. XVII. Parallax Results from the CTIOPI 0.9 m Program: 20 New Members of the RECONS 10 Parsec Sample". The Astronomical Journal 132 (6): 2360–2371. arXiv:astro-ph/0608230. Bibcode:2006AJ....132.2360H. doi:10.1086/508233. 
  5. ^ Henry, T. J.; Beaulieu, T. D.; Brown, M. A.; Jao, W. C.; Monteiro, H.; Subasavage, J. P.; RECONS (December 2004). "New Nearby Stars from NOAO and SMARTS Observations". American Astronomical Society Meeting 205, #165.07; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society 36: 1618. Bibcode:2004AAS...20516507H. 

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