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Surprise! When a brown dwarf is actually a planetary mass object

9 May 2017, 21:12 UTC
Surprise! When a brown dwarf is actually a planetary mass object NASA/JPL-Caltech

Sometimes a brown dwarf is actually a planet — or planet-like anyway. A team led by Carnegie’s Jonathan Gagné, and including researchers from the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) at Université de Montréal, the American Museum of Natural History, and University of California San Diego, discovered that what astronomers had previously thought was one of the closest brown dwarfs to our own Sun is in fact a planetary mass object.

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