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Hubble Finds Substellar Objects in the Orion Nebula

11 Jan 2018, 19:00 UTC
Hubble Finds Substellar Objects in the Orion Nebula NASA, ESA, and G. Strampelli (STScI)

In an unprecedented deep survey for small, faint objects in the Orion Nebula, astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered the largest known population of brown dwarfs sprinkled among newborn stars. Looking in the vicinity of the survey stars, researchers not only found several very-low-mass brown dwarf companions, but also three giant planets. They even found an example of binary planets where two planets orbit each other in the absence of a parent star.

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