Meeting the Cool Neighbors. III. Spectroscopy of Northern NLTT Stars

K. L. Cruz, I. Neill Reid
2002 Astronomical Journal  
We present initial results of an all-sky search for late-type dwarfs within 20 pc of the Sun using the New Luyten Two-Tenths (NLTT) catalog cross-referenced with the 2-Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) database. The results were obtained with low-resolution optical spectroscopic follow-up of candidate nearby-stars as a preliminary test of our methodology. M_J, derived using spectral indices, and 2MASS J are used to estimate distances. Out of the 70 objects observed, 28 are identified as previously
more » ... fied as previously unrecognized objects within 25 pc of the Sun, and up to 19 of these are within 20 pc. One, LP 647-13 is an M9-type dwarf at 10.5 pc making it one of the four closest M9 dwarfs currently known. We also discuss the chromospheric activity of the observed dwarfs.
doi:10.1086/339973 fatcat:uwq226tdt5helbk5zjbkzfzoti