We present the discovery of a candidate substellar object in a survey of young stars in the solar vicinity using the sensitivity and spatial resolution afforded by the NICMOS coronagraph on the Hubble Space Telescope. The H = 12.1 mag object was discovered approximately 2″ from the TW Hydrae association member CD -33°7795 (TWA 5), and the photometry implies a spectral type M8-M8.5, with a temperature of ∼2600 K. We estimate that the probability of a chance alignment with a background object of this nature is less than 2 × 10-5 and therefore postulate that the object (TWA 5B) is physically associated at a projected separation of 100 AU. Given the likely youth of the primary (∼10 Myr), current brown dwarf cooling models predict a mass of ≈20MJup for TWA 5B.
- Stars: Low-mass, brown dwarfs
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science