Brown dwarfs help shed light on exoplanets

09/8/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A study of brown dwarfs could help astronomers glean information about hard-to-study exoplanets. Brown dwarfs, or failed stars, are easier to see in the sky than exoplanets and have similar properties. "We need to understand the influence of these other properties ... in order to interpret the many exoplanet discoveries that we expect to see from ongoing and future discovery programs," said astronomer Adam Kraus, co-author of the study.

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