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Astronomers discover freezing cold star in Earth’s backyard

Pasadena - The recent discovery of a brown dwarf star by astronomers using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope is remarkable in two respects.

Astronomers map weird brown dwarf where molten iron rains

Heidelberg - An international team of astronomers has produced the first ever map of the weather on the surface of the nearest astronomical oddity, known as a brown dwarf, to Earth.

New star system discovered in Earth's backyard

A professor at Penn State’s Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds has discovered a binary star system comprising a pair of brown dwarf stars, just 6.5 light years from the Sun. In astronomical terms, the new system is in Earth's backyard.

Lost in Space: Orphaned planet may help explain planet formation

Using the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Very Large Telescope and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, astronomers have discovered an orphaned planet meandering through space without a parent star or solar system.

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Artist s impression of possible wandering exoplanet designated CFBDSIR2149
Artist's impression of possible wandering exoplanet designated CFBDSIR2149
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