Last week I reported on information from a source on the WISE mission that no new red dwarfs had yet been discovered out to a distance of 10 light years. This past weekend I received an email from my source apologizing for mis-typing. He had meant to say no brown dwarfs — not red dwarfs — out to a distance of 10 light years. And as I mentioned with the earlier post, the data analysis continues and there may be surprises yet to come.
A nearby brown dwarf is something I’ve been writing about here for some time, pondering its implications and wondering whether one might actually turn up that was closer than the Alpha Centauri stars. So the news is that no brown dwarfs matching the description have yet turned up, but the hunt continues.