Are they stars? Are they lost planets? Brown dwarfs, the galaxy’s dark, wandering orbs, are some of space’s most perplexing features. They’re larger than Jupiter but smaller than stars, glow on their own and, well, they’re just really strange. 12 more words
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Continuing our exploration of the exoplanets, today we’re visiting a planet called Gliese 504b.
Gliese 504b isn’t the kind of alphanumeric gobbledygook we usually get for exoplanet designations, but still… I prefer actual names, or at least nicknames. 377 more words
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