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January 30 2014

It's raining, it's pouring...molten iron: Scientists create first ever weather map of a brown dwarf


Scientists have created the first ever weather map of an unusual category of star known as a ‘brown dwarf’, unveiling in the process a new contender for the title of ‘worst weather in the universe’.

The surface of Luhman 16B is pelted with molten iron rain that falls from clouds made up of a gaseous form of the metal alongside other minerals. Temperatures are equally hellish, touching around 2,000F or 1,100C.

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