Tune in now for the first extrasolar weather map of a nearby brown dwarf, made using Doppler imaging.
The Magellan telescope has directly imaged a planetary-mass companion at a projected distance of 650 AU from its star! Read on to find out how the authors detected and characterized this companion, and how they think it got there.
A “Super-Jupiter” recently discovered by direct imaging techniques may not be as it initially seemed. Hinkley et al. find the system to be older than expected and the Super-Jupiter to really be a brown dwarf.
The mass of a substellar companion can help determine whether it’s a planet or a brown dwarf. But how can you measure the mass of a companion that you can’t detect directly? Look at the disk!
A new brown dwarf system has been discovered only 2 parsec away; Gillon et al. analyze its light curve to study clouds on the surfaces of these stars.
With the addition of these 87 new T dwarfs, WISE has now tripled the number of known T dwarfs with spectral type later than T5.
A wealth of observations tell an active accretion story within the Lambda Orionis Star Forming Region, at the head of the Orion constellation.
What happens to a low-mass companion when a star evolves off the main sequence to become a white dwarf?
The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) data release promises many new and exciting discoveries!
This paper describes an incredibly variable brown dwarf. To fit this variability with models, a combination of thick clouds and clearer areas are needed. This means that there are big dusty storms that cover large fractions of 2M2139’s surface!