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Astronomy 101: Brown Dwarfs

In this episode, discover what scientists have learned about these mysterious objects that blur the line between stars and planets.
RELATED TOPICS: BROWN DWARFS
Brown-dwarfs
Nearby brown dwarfs Luhman 16AB
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Gemini Observatory/AURA/NSF
The first brown dwarf was discovered in the mid-1990s. Scientists call these objects “failed stars” because they think brown dwarfs form similarly to stars, out of condensing clouds of gas and dust. However, they aren’t massive enough to sustain hydrogen fusion, which is a main requirement of stars.

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