Release 984 of 1,156

Hubble Spies a Really Cool Star

Release date: Sep 14, 1995 12:00 AM (EDT)

This Hubble telescope picture reveals one of the least massive and coolest stars ever seen [upper right]. This star is a diminutive companion to the K dwarf star called GL 105A (also known as HD 16160), seen at lower left. The pair is located 27 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cetus.

Based on the Hubble observation, astronomers calculate that the cool, lightweight star, called GL 105C, is 25,000 times fainter than GL 105A in visible light. If the dim companion were at the distance of our Sun, it would be only four times brighter than the full moon.