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WASP-South finds the smallest known star

In order to qualify as a proper “star” (as opposed to a brown dwarf or a stellar remnant) it needs to be producing nuclear fusion of hydrogen in its central regions. 205 more words

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Worlds Around Brown Dwarfs: When is a Planet a Planet?

I’ve always found brown dwarfs to be fascinating objects, and as such I’ve recently been re-reading papers about their formation and unusual chemistry. Brown dwarfs are strange, transitionary objects; they’re sort of in between being a planet and a star. 1,182 more words


The Hunt for Life #Aurora #Juno

Aurora on Earth are caused by particles from the Sun interacting with our planet’s protective magnetic field. Without that magnetic field on Earth, we would not be here. 122 more words


TRAPPIST 1, again.

It’s awesome, but something is missing.

As I said in the previous post regarding TRAPPIST-1, we will have to wait for the results coming from next generation telescopes such as JWST (2018) and E-ELT (2024), to determine if some of the planets of TRAPPIST-1 system harbors life. 471 more words



Catching up with the astro-ph: 02/01/2017


Brown Dwarf: The object you should start to love...

You probably didn’t realize it, but when you started classifying on BackyardWorlds.org you were actually helping us search the nearby solar neighborhood for cold hidden worlds called brown dwarfs.   839 more words

A Busy Week

Last week we launched our latest project, Backyard Worlds: Planet 9, and it’s been a busy seven days indeed. Our amazing volunteers have once again demonstrated their awesome power by producing over over 1.5 million classifications while on the hunt for nearby brown dwarfs and our Solar System’s hypothesised ninth planet. 34 more words

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