View Full Version : Mini Solar System Around a Brown Dwarf

2005-Sep-08, 11:19 PM
SUMMARY: NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found the dusty disc of planetary material surrounding an extremely low-mass brown dwarf. The failed star, called OTS 44, is only 15 times the mass of Jupiter, and is located 500 light-years away in the Chamaeleon constellation. Previously, the smallest brown dwarf known to have such a disc was twice as massive. Astronomers are now wondering if a habitable world could form around such a small, dim dwarf.

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