Worldwide Campaign for Luhman 16AB

This week, members of the Cool Star Lab and colleagues in the US, Europe, Chile, and South Africa will be targeting the newly-discovered nearby brown dwarf binary Luhman 16AB (aka WISE 1049-5319).  This very exciting source has been shown to be variable on timescales of hours thanks to data acquired with the TRAPPIST telescope. We’ll be extending this work with photometric and spectroscopic observations in the optical and near-infrared from La Silla Observatory, Cerro Tololo ObservatoryLas Campanas du Pont Observatory, Magellan Telescopes, Keck Observatory, the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility and the South African Large Telescope.  We’ll also be attempting high resolution spectroscopic observations to measure rotational and orbital motions.  Stay tuned!

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