2MASS 0939−2448

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2MASS 0939−2448
Observation data
Epoch J2000      Equinox J2000
Constellation Antlia
Right ascension  09h 39m 35.48s
Declination −24° 48′ 27.9″
Spectral type T8[1]
Apparent magnitude (J) 15.61 ± 0.09[1]
Apparent magnitude (H) 15.96 ± 0.09[1]
Apparent magnitude (K) 16.83 ± 0.09[1]
Proper motion (μ) RA: +573.4 ± 2.3[2] mas/yr
Dec.: −1044.7 ± 2.5[2] mas/yr
Parallax (π)187.3 ± 4.6[2] mas
Distance17.4 ± 0.4 ly
(5.3 ± 0.1 pc)
2MASS 0939-2448 A
Mass20–50[1] MJup
Radius0.08 – 0.09[1] R
Temperature600–700[1] K
Age2–10[1] Gyr
2MASS 0939-2448 B
Mass20–40[1] MJup
Radius0.09[1] R
Temperature600–700[1] K
Age2–10[1] Gyr
Other designations
2MASS J09393548−2448279[3]
Database references

2MASS 0939−2448 (full designation is 2MASS J09393548−2448279)[3] is a probable system of two nearby T-type brown dwarfs, located in constellation Antlia at 17.4 light-years from Earth.[2]


2MASS 0939−2448 was identified as a brown dwarf through analysis of data from the 2MASS survey by Tinney et al. The discovery was published in 2005.[3]


Model calculations suggest that 2MASS 0939−2448 is a system of two brown dwarfs with effective temperatures of about 500 and 700 K and masses of about 25 and 40 Jupiter masses; it is also possible that it is a pair of identical objects with temperatures of 600 K and 30 Jupiter masses.[1]

Dimmest known brown dwarf[edit]

From publication of the discovery in 2005 till at least 2008, 2MASS 0939−2448, or its dimmer component, was the dimmest brown dwarf known.[4] Later dimmer objects, including (sub)brown dwarfs and rogue planets of new spectral class Y, were discovered, using data from WISE and from other surveys. In 2011–2014, the dimmest known of these objects was WISE 1828+2650, and from 2014 the dimmest one is WISE 0855−0714.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Leggett, S. K.; Cushing, Michael C.; Saumon, D.; Marley, M. S.; Roellig, T. L.; Warren, S. J.; Burningham, Ben; Jones, H. R. A.; Kirkpatrick, J. D.; Lodieu, N.; Lucas, P. W.; Mainzer, A. K.; Martín, E. L.; McCaughrean, M. J.; Pinfield, D. J.; Sloan, G. C.; Smart, R. L.; Tamura, M.; Van Cleve, J. (2009). "The Physical Properties of Four ~600 K T Dwarfs". The Astrophysical Journal. 695 (2): 1517–1526. arXiv:0901.4093. Bibcode:2009ApJ...695.1517L. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/695/2/1517.
  2. ^ a b c d Burgasser, Adam J.; Tinney, C. G.; Cushing, Michael C.; Saumon, Didier; Marley, Mark S.; Bennett, Clara S.; Kirkpatrick, J. Davy (2008). "2MASS J09393548-2448279: The Coldest and Least Luminous Brown Dwarf Binary Known?" (PDF). The Astrophysical Journal. 689 (1): L53–L56. Bibcode:2008ApJ...689L..53B. doi:10.1086/595747.
  3. ^ a b c Tinney, C. G.; Burgasser, Adam J.; Kirkpatrick, J. Davy; McElwain, Michael W. (2005). "The 2MASS Wide-Field T Dwarf Search. IV. Hunting Out T Dwarfs with Methane Imaging". The Astronomical Journal. 130 (5): 2326–2346. arXiv:astro-ph/0508150. Bibcode:2005AJ....130.2326T. doi:10.1086/491734.
  4. ^ "Astronomers Find the Two Dimmest Stellar Bulbs" (Press release). NASA/JPL. 2008-12-10. Retrieved 2008-12-20.

Coordinates: Sky map 09h 39m 35.48s, −24° 48′ 27.9″