Igor Yu. Potemine. Transit of Luyten 726-8 within 1 ly from Epsilon Eridani

Natural Sciences / Astronomy / Stellar astronomy

Submitted on: Jun 19, 2012, 19:02:53

Description: This is one of results from our program of massive simulations of close encounters for all nearby stars. Epsilon Eridani is an extremely interesting star having one confirmed planet and multiple asteroid and debris belts. It should have a quite massive Oort cloud as well. Deltorn et al. searched for past Nemesis encounters of epsilon Eri. In this paper we show that, according to current astrometric data, an other famous nearby star Luyten 726-8AB (=BL/UV Ceti) will pass at <~= 0.93 ly from Epsilon Eridani in ~ 31.5 kyr. So, it will probably pierce through the outer part of the hypothetical Oort cloud of Epsilon Eri. BL/UV Ceti has only about 20 percent of the solar mass. Nevertheless, it could influence directly some long-period comets of Epsilon Eridani. The duration of mutual transit of two star systems within 1 ly from each other is >~ 4.6 kyr. Our simulations show that stellar encounters within 1 ly might be more frequent than previously thought.

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