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A study of Kapteyns star

Kotoneva, E; Innanen, K; Dawson, P C; Wood, Peter R; De Robertis, M M


We present a review of the current knowledge of Kapteyn's Star (KS) - a nearby, low-metallicity M-dwarf, with an eccentric and retrograde Galactic orbit. A brief survey of its spectroscopic properties is provided, together with an analysis of its Galactic orbit in a Galaxy model that incorporates resonances. We propose that KS may have once belonged to a dwarf spheroidal galaxy that merged with the Galaxy, and whose present remnant, if it still exists, is a globular cluster similar to ω Cen.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Astronomy and Astrophysics
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20042287


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