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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

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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


Local solar space: the very nearby and coolest known brown dwarf, WISE 0855-0714

The above image is found by google and taken courtesy of a website located in Siberia: credit: http://za-neptunie.livejournal.com/55097.html. It shows the detections of WISE 0855-0714 by the WISE and Spitzer infrared space telescopes. 144 more words


Parallaxes and proper motions of 134 southern late M, L and T dwarfs

Stars in nearby solar space exhibit large proper motions because they are moving against a background of more distant stars. All stars have their own motion through space and most stars in the solar vicinity share approximately the velocity and direction of motion of the Sun. 288 more words


New nearby high proper motion objects from the AllWISE survey

Many years of work have gone into the quest to find the nearest objects outside the Solar System. The holy grail of a proper motion search based on (thermal) infrared data where low mass stars and brown dwarfs emit most of their radiation and where extinction by dust in the galactic plane is low has been achieved by the latest… 402 more words