Hubble spies possible brown dwarf
Date: 07 September 2006
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: Red and Brown Dwarf Stars
Copyright: NASA, ESA, and K. Luhman (Penn State University, USA)
This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows one of the smallest objects ever seen around a normal star. Astronomers believe the object is a brown dwarf because it is 12 times more massive than Jupiter. The brown dwarf candidate, called CHXR 73 B, is the bright spot at lower right. It orbits a red dwarf star, dubbed CHXR 73, which is a third less massive than the Sun. At 2 million years old, the star is very young when compared with our middle-aged 4.6-billion-year-old Sun.
Last Update: 1 September 2019