Two Planet-Size Dwarfs

Using ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers have discovered a rather unusual system, in which two planet-size stars, of different colours, orbit each other. One is a rather hot white dwarf, weighing a little bit less than half as much as the Sun. The other is a much cooler, 55 Jupiter-masses brown dwarf. Artist's impression of the newly discovered system: a brown dwarf circles a white dwarf in a little less than two hours.

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About the Image

Id:eso0628a
Type:Artwork
Release date:3 August 2006
Related releases:eso0628
Size:1024 x 527 px

About the Object

Name:WD0137-349
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : White Dwarf
• Milky Way : Star : Type : Brown Dwarf

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