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Long-period brown dwarfs for WASP-53 and WASP-81

The WASP project has just released the discovery paper for the systems WASP-53 and WASP-81, led by Amaury Triaud. We’ve known about close-in hot-Jupiter planets around these two stars for several years, but the paper had been delayed owing to an interesting development: the radial-velocity monitoring showed that the planets both had longer-period… 230 more words

WASP Planets

Introducing Sarah Jane Schmidt

Sarah Jane Schmidt (@sjs917) is a postdoctoral fellow at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics – Potsdam (AIP). The unifying theme of her work is the objects she studies: the lowest mass stars and a few of the warmest brown dwarfs. 159 more words


From Astronomy: "Astronomers find a treasure trove of strange brown dwarfs"


October 03, 2016
Mika McKinnon

The new find adds to the population of “failed stars” and makes them even weirder than we thought.

NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA… 363 more words

Basic Research

From Carnegie: "Brown dwarfs reveal exoplanets’ secrets"

Carnegie Institution for Science

August 15, 2016
No writer credit found

Brown dwarfs are smaller than stars, but more massive than giant planets. As such, they provide a natural link between astronomy and planetary science. 831 more words

Basic Research

Space Fan News: A New Dwarf Planet and the Orion Nebula

By Science Editor

In this 171st episode of Space Fan News, physicist and space nerd, Tony Darnell, provides some insights from the most recent space news: A New Dwarf Planet and new beautiful pictures of the Orion Nebula. 162 more words

Science News

A New Look at the Orion Nebula

The data for this new image of the Orion Nebula star-formation region is from multiple exposures using the HAWK-I infrared camera on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. 28 more words



TRAPPIST-1 (also known as 2MASS J23062928-0502285, which handily contains its location on the sky) is about 12 parsecs away, or 39.5 light years. That means it’s one of the closest 500 stars to the Sun, and we now know… 691 more words