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November 30 2013

Milky Way Galaxy’s Oldest Brown Dwarfs Discovered


British astronomers reporting in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (arXiv.org) have found two of the oldest brown dwarfs in our Galaxy.

Brown dwarfs are star-like objects but are much less massive, and do not generate internal heat through nuclear fusion like stars. Because of this brown dwarfs simply cool and fade with time and very old brown dwarfs become very cool indeed.

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