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RAS PN 09/17 (NAM 4): UKIRT astronomers discover local star's cool companion

20 Apr 2009, 17:46 UTC
RAS PN 09/17 (NAM 4): UKIRT astronomers discover local star's cool companion

An international team, led by astronomers at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK, have discovered one of the coolest sub-stellar bodies ever found outside our own solar system, orbiting the red dwarf star Wolf 940, some 40 light years from Earth. Dr Ben Burningham of the University of Hertfordshire will present this discovery on Monday 20th April at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science conference.

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