Igor Yu. Potemine. Giant Nemesis candidate Hd 107914 / Hip 60503 for the perforation of Oort cloud
Submitted on: Jun 19, 2012, 19:04:20
Natural Sciences / Astronomy / Stellar astronomy
Description: So far, GJ 710 is the only known star supposed to pass through outskirts of the solar system within 1 ly. We have reexamined the SIMBAD database for additional stellar candidates (from highest ratios of squared parallax to total proper motion) and compared them with new HIP2 parallaxes and known radial velocities. At the moment, the best nominee is double star HD 107914 in the constellation Centaurus at ~ 78.3 pc from the Sun whose principal component is a white (A-type) giant. It does not seem to appear neither in general catalogues of radial velocities available at SIMBAD nor in authoritative Garcia-Sanchez et al. papers on stellar encounters with the solar system. A very accurate value of its total proper motion is also extremely important. In the case of Vr=-100 km/s and most "advantageous" HIP2 data, HD 107914 could pass as near as 8380 AU from the Sun in an almost direct collision course with the inner part of the solar system!
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