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Brown dwarf companion stars

( —Astronomers trying to understand how the Sun and Earth formed, and why they have their characteristic properties, have made progress on a closely related problem: the nature of the lowest mass stars, so-called ...

dateSep 02, 2013 in Astronomy
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The closest star system found in a century

( —A pair of newly discovered stars is the third-closest star system to the Sun, according to a paper that will be published in Astrophysical Journal Letters. The duo is the closest star system discovered since ...

dateMar 11, 2013 in Astronomy
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Can life emerge on planets around cooling stars?

(—Astronomers find planets in strange places and wonder if they might support life. One such place would be in orbit around a white or brown dwarf. While neither is a star like the sun, both glow and so could be ...

dateNov 20, 2012 in Astronomy
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Astronomer point the way for exoplanet search

(—Though the search for planets around other stars, or exoplanets, is showing researchers that planets are abundant in our galaxy, it helps a great deal to have directions when searching for as-of-yet undiscovered ...

dateNov 13, 2012 in Astronomy
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WISE finds few brown dwarfs close to home

( -- Astronomers are getting to know the neighbors better. Our sun resides within a spiral arm of our Milky Way galaxy about two-thirds of the way out from the center. It lives in a fairly calm, suburb-like area ...

dateJun 08, 2012 in Astronomy
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