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Brown Dwarf Hits Record Low

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astroengine writes “The Keck II infrared telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, has spotted what appears to be the coldest brown dwarf ever detected. Astronomers from the University of Hawaii have managed to constrain its temperature to just shy of 100 degrees Celsius. The object is part of a brown dwarf binary system and is estimated to be 6-15 times the mass of Jupiter. This is an exciting object as it could belong to a so-far theoretical ‘Y’ class of brown dwarf, a classification that makes objects like this cool example more planet-like than star-like.”

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