Astronomers use ‘planet finder’ tool to investigate missing brown dwarf

February 19, 2015 4:18 AM

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Astronomers use ‘planet finder’ tool to investigate missing brown dwarf

A new planet-finding instrument on the Very Large Telescope array in Chile made headlines this week for helping the massive array see…absolutely nothing.

The VLT array was pointed at V471 Tauri, a binary system in the constellation Taurus that is made up of a white dwarf and a main sequence star. A team of researchers helmed by Adam Hardy of Universidad Valparaiso noticed something strange. Namely, the eclipses that should have occurred when the star...

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