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Citizen scientists spot closest young brown dwarf disk yet

2 Jun 2020, 18:59 UTC
Citizen scientists spot closest young brown dwarf disk yet NASA/William Pendrill

Brown dwarfs are the middle child of astronomy, too big to be a planet yet not big enough to be a star. Like their stellar siblings, these objects form from the gravitational collapse of gas and dust. But rather than condensing into a star’s fiery hot nuclear core, brown dwarfs find a more zen-like equilibrium, somehow reaching a stable, milder state compared to fusion-powered stars.

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