The nearest brown dwarf is actually two of them in the binary system Luhman 16, which lies 6.59 light-years away in the southern constellation Vela. 156 more words
Back in ye olde days of exoplanet science (the 1990s), the surest way to demonstrate the discovery of a planet–as opposed to a star–was to measure its mass. 1,497 more words
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
Catching up with the astro-ph: 02/01/2017
Detection of lithium in nearby young late-M dwarfs (Phan-Bao et al.) We report here the first clear detections of lithium absorption in four targets and a marginal detection in one target.