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Brown Dwarf

A “failed” star, which is more massive than a planet but not massive enough to ignite nuclear fusion reactions at its core and shine as a true star.

Resources

The diagram shows the largest and smallest stars to scale.

Colorful Dwarfs May 21, 2010

Featured Images

Hot Weather July 20, 2017

Hubble Space Telescope view of the Gliese 229 system

Faint Neighbors February 7, 2016

Artist's concept of Scholz's Star passing close to the solar system

Former Neighbor May 7, 2015

Artist's concept of weather on a brown dwarf

Hot Rain January 8, 2014

Artist's concept of a dark storm on the brown dwarf 2MASS 2139

Stormy Skies January 11, 2012

Radio Programs

Hot Weather Hot weather on failed stars July 20, 2017

Moon and Jupiter Primetime on the really big screen June 30, 2017

Lepus Chasing down a celestial rabbit January 28, 2017

Faint Neighbors Two close but faint neighbors February 7, 2016

The Neighborhood Getting to know the neighbors August 6, 2014

Close Quartet A nearby stellar quartet June 21, 2014

Hot Weather Hot weather on failed stars January 12, 2014

Stormy Skies A giant storm on a failed star January 10, 2012