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Implications of an upper mass bound on exoplanets

Image: Illustration of a massive exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star. A new paper, accepted by the Astrophysical Journal, is by K. Schlaufman (Johns Hopkins… 247 more words

Astronomy

Snow White and the Seven New Confirmed Brown Dwarfs

It is now winter here in the northern hemisphere, and we’re expecting snow on Friday in Washington, DC.  But fear of snow doesn’t stop us from going observing…and observing we have been!    514 more words

Brown Dwarfs

Scientists Think They've Solved an Important Mystery About Brown Dwarfs

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

Science

Sciency Words: Brown Dwarf

Today’s post is part of a special series here on Planet Pailly called Sciency Words. Each week, we take a closer look at an interesting science or science-related term to help us expand our scientific vocabularies together. 480 more words

Sciency Words

Exoplanet Explorer: Gliese 504b “Pinkie Pie”

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

Space

A Pair of Lonely Dwarfs

Luhman 16AB is a double star system composed of two brown dwarfs. It’s only about six light-years away, and is the third closest stellar system to Earth—after the triple star system Alpha Centauri and Barnard’s Star. 183 more words

Science