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This is a list of exceptional red dwarfs.

List of titleholding red dwarf stars

This is a list of red dwarfs that currently hold records.

List of red dwarf firsts

Record Title Star Date Data Notes
First discovered Lacaille 8760 1753 Originally listed in a 1763 catalog that was published posthumously by Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. [1]
First discovered with planet(s) Gliese 876 1998 Gliese 876 b

The Jovian planet was the first discovered around a red dwarf.

First discovered with giant planet(s) Gliese 876 1998 Gliese 876 b The giant planet was the first planet discovered around a red dwarf. [2][3]
First discovered with terrestrial planet(s) Kepler-42
2012 KOI-961 b
KOI-961 c
KOI-961 d
3 terrestrial planets were discovered around KOI-961 in 2012, the first terrestrial planets found to orbit a red dwarf. [4]

List of red dwarf extremes

Record Title Star Date Data Notes References
Least voluminous EBLM J0555-57Ab 2017 r= 59,000 km (37,000 mi) [5]
Most voluminous XZ Tauri B 2002 1.7 R [6]
Least massive 2MASS J0523-1403 2015 67.54±12.79 MJ [7]
Most massive Kepler-80 2012 0.73 M [8]
Least distant Proxima Centauri 1917 4.2 ly (1.3 pc)

This is also known as Alpha Centauri C and is a member of the α Cen trinary system. It is the nearest neighbouring star to the Sun.

Most distant UDF 3561 2010 202,000 ly

(62,000 pc)

Least luminous 2MASS J0523-1403 [7]
Most luminous
Dimmest UDF 2457 V= 25 [11]
Brightest Lacaille 8760 V= 6.69

Also called AX Microscopii. This is the 24th closest star to the Sun, and also intrinsically luminous for red dwarfs, having spectral class M0.

Youngest See T Tauri star

List of named red dwarfs

This is a list of red dwarfs with names that are not systematically designated.

Star Naming Notes
Proxima Centauri Named for being the closest neighbouring star to Earth's Sun Lies within the Alpha Centauri star system [9]
Barnard's Star Named after its discoverer, E. E. Barnard Second closest neighbouring star system to Earth, after α Cen. Also the star with the highest proper motion. [14]
van Biesbroeck's star Named for its discoverer, George van Biesbroeck Was once the least luminous, and, lowest mass, known star. [15]
Kapteyn's star Named for the astronomer who discovered it had gone missing, Jacobus Kapteyn Was once the star with the highest proper motion, thus making it move away from its recorded position in the sky and go "missing". [14]
Teegarden's Star Named after the lead investigator astrophysicist who discovered it, Bonnard J. Teegarden, through a datacrunching search of archived data.

List of nearest red dwarfs

See also: List of nearest stars

Star Distance
ly (pc)
1 Proxima Centauri 4.2 ly (1.3 pc) Part of the α Cen trinary system, the closest neighbouring star system. It is also the nearest neighbouring star. [9]
2 Barnard's Star 5.95 ly (1.82 pc) Second closest neighbouring star system [16]
3 Wolf 359 7.86 ly (2.41 pc) Also called CN Leonis
4 Lalande 21185 8.3 ly (2.5 pc)
5 Luyten 726-8 8.7 ly (2.7 pc) This is a binary star system with two red dwarfs
6 Ross 154 9.68 ly (2.97 pc) [citation needed]

List of least voluminous red dwarfs

See also: List of least voluminous stars

Star Radius
Solar radii
(Sun = 1)
Jupiter radii
(Jupiter = 1)
1 EBLM J0555-57Ab 0.084 0.84 59,000 km (37,000 mi) This star is slightly larger than the planet Saturn. [17][18][19]
2 2MASS J0523-1403 0.086 0.86 60,000 km (37,000 mi) [20][21][22]

Timeline of smallest red dwarf recordholders

This is a list of titleholders of being the red dwarf with the smallest volume, and its succession over time.

List of smallest red dwarf titleholders
Star Date Radius
Solar radii
(Sun = 1)
Jupiter radii
(Jupiter = 1)
EBLM J0555-57Ab 2017— 0.084 0.84 59,000 km (37,000 mi) This star is slightly larger than the planet Saturn. [17][18][19]
2MASS J0523-1403 2013-2017 0.086 0.86 60,000 km (37,000 mi) [20][21][22]
OGLE-TR-122B 2005-2013 0.120 1.16 81,100 km (50,400 mi) [23][24][25]

See also


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