Failed Star System Nearest to the Sun

December 17, 2013 12:33 AM

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Astronomers have taken a closer look at the closest pair of failed stars to the Sun and now, they've discovered that this dynamic duo may harbor a planet. The findings reveal a little bit more about this unusual system and reveals that planets can exist even under difficult circumstances.

Failed stars are known as brown dwarfs. They usually have a mass below eight percent of the mass of the Sun, which means they're not massive enough to burn hydrogen in their centers. This recently-studied system is known as Luhman 16AB, and is located just 6.6 light-years away.

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