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Fraser
2004-Sep-04, 04:22 PM
SUMMARY: A team of European astronomers have located the closest brown dwarf star ever discovered. Epsilon Indi, located only 12 light-years from the Earth, was thought to be a single star, but the ESO team spotted its companion. Epsilon Indi B is 45 times the mass of Jupiter and takes 400 years to orbit the main star.

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StarLab
2004-Sep-05, 12:25 AM
Does this thing have any effect on our solar system, you know, as a possible planet-X-ish thing?

GOURDHEAD
2004-Sep-05, 01:07 AM
Does this thing have any effect on our solar system, you know, as a possible planet-X-ish thing?

Nothing significant. There are several stars, including the alpha centauri system, that are much closer. They have little, if any, effect also.

Planetwatcher
2004-Sep-05, 03:05 AM
This is an old story.
It came out some time last year. The brown dwarf has since been cnfirmed to be the 2nd planet of this system.