Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
Simon Bisson

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Brown dwarfs have planets...

Real science catches up with science fiction, turning autopope's and Karl Schroeder's suppositions into facts...
The suggestion is based on Spitzer telescope observations, which detail a dusty disc around a brown dwarf, a star too small to ignite its nuclear fuel.

The star, named OTS 44, is only about 15 times the mass of Jupiter.
(cf. Glasshouse and Permanence, both of which use brown dwarf systems as major plot tools...)
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