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Surprise! Brown Dwarf Star Has Dusty Skies, Appearing Strangely Red

by Elizabeth Howell February 6, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Dust clouds on a brown dwarf or “failed star” are making it appear redder than its counterparts, new research reveals. Better studying this phenomenon could improve the weather forecast on these objects, which are larger than gas giant planets but not […]

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Weekly Space Hangout – January 31, 2014: No Black Holes?!?

by Fraser Cain January 31, 2014

Host: Fraser Cain Guests: Brian Koberlein, Morgan Rehnberg, David Dickinson, Jason Major, Nicole Gugliucci Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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Behind the Scenes: The “Making Of” the First Brown Dwarf Surface Map

by Markus Pössel January 30, 2014

By now, you will probably have heard that astronomers have produced the first global weather map for a brown dwarf. (If you haven’t, you can find the story here.) May be you’ve even built the cube model or the origami balloon model of the surface of the brown dwarf Luhman 16B the researchers provided (here). […]

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Weekly Space Hangout – December 13, 2013 – Europa’s Water Jets and Chinese Lunar Lander

by Fraser Cain December 13, 2013

Host: Fraser Cain Guests: David Dickinson, Amy Shira Teitel, Jason Major, Nicole Gugliucci Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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When Is a Star Not a Star?

by Jason Major December 13, 2013

When it’s a brown dwarf — but where do we draw the line? Often called “failed stars,” brown dwarfs are curious cosmic creatures. They’re kind of like swollen, super-dense Jupiters, containing huge amounts of matter yet not quite enough to begin fusing hydrogen in their cores. Still, there has to be some sort of specific […]

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