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Accidental Discovery Hints at a Hidden Population of Brown Dwarfs in Our Galaxy

Posted by Guy Pirro 09/12/2021 02:59AM

Accidental Discovery Hints at a Hidden Population of Brown Dwarfs in Our Galaxy

Brown dwarfs aren’t quite stars and aren’t quite planets, and a new study suggests there might be more of them lurking in our galaxy than scientists previously thought. A new study offers a tantalizing explanation for how a peculiar cosmic object, nicknamed “The Accident,” came to be. “The Accident” is a brown dwarf. Though they form like stars, these objects don’t have enough mass to kick-start nuclear fusion, the process that causes stars to shine. And while brown dwarfs often defy characterization, astronomers have a good grasp on their general characteristics… Or they did, until they found this one.


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