HIP 67506 C: MagAO-X confirmation of a new low-mass stellar companion to HIP 67506 A

Logan A. Pearce, Jared R. Males, Sebastiaan Y. Haffert, Laird M. Close, Joseph D. Long, Avalon L. McLeod, Justin M. Knight, Alexander D. Hedglen, Alycia J. Weinberger, Olivier Guyon, Maggie Kautz, Kyle Van Gorkom, Jennifer Lumbres, Lauren Schatz, Alex Rodack, Victor Gasho, Jay Kueny, Warren Foster, Katie M. Morzinski, Philip M. Hinz

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We report the confirmation of HIP 67506 C, a new stellar companion to HIP 67506 A. We previously reported a candidate signal at 2λ/D (240 mas) in L′ in MagAO/Clio imaging using the binary differential imaging technique. Several additional indirect signals showed that the candidate signal merited follow-up: significant astrometric acceleration in Gaia DR3, Hipparcos-Gaia proper motion anomaly, and overluminosity compared to single main-sequence stars. We confirmed the companion, HIP 67506 C, at 0.1 arcsec with MagAO-X in 2022 April. We characterized HIP 67506 C MagAO-X photometry and astrometry, and estimated spectral-type K7-M2; we also re-evaluated HIP 67506 A in light of the close companion. Additionally, we show that a previously identified 9 arcsec companion, HIP 67506 B, is a much further distant unassociated background star. We also discuss the utility of indirect signposts in identifying small inner working angle candidate companions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4775-4784
Number of pages10
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2023


  • (stars:) binaries: visual
  • methods: data analysis
  • methods: observational
  • planets and satellites: detection
  • stars: statistics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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