Research Consortium on Nearby Stars

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The Research Consortium on Nearby Stars (RECONS) is a international group of astronomers founded in 1994 to investigate the stars nearest to the Solar System - those within 10 parsecs (32.6 light years). In part the project hopes a more accurate survey of local star systems will give a better picture of the star systems in the Galaxy as a whole.


Notable discoveries

The Consortium claims authorship of the The Solar Neighborhood series in the The Astronomical Journal, that began in 1994.[1] This series now numbers over 20 papers and submissions. The following discoveries are from this series:

  • GJ 1061 was discovered to be the 20th nearest known star system, at a distance of 11.9 light years.[2]
  • The discovery of 20 previously unknown star systems within 10 parsecs of the Solar System. These are in addition to 8 new star systems announced between 2000 and 2005.[4]

RECONS is listed explicitly as an author on papers submitted to the Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society since 2004.[5]

The RECONS web page includes the frequently referenced List of the 100 Nearest Star Systems. They update this list as discoveries are made.


Todd J. Henry of Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA, is the Consortium's founder and director. Some of the other astronomers involved in the project include Wei-Chun Jao, John Subasavage and Thom Beaulieu of Georgia State University, Phil Ianna of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Hartmut Jahreiß of the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut in Heidelberg, Germany and Edgardo Costa and Rene Mendez of the Universidad de Chile.

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