July 25, 2002
Washington University In St. Louis
Brown dwarfs, which have been described as "failed stars," are celestial bodies more massive than planets like Jupiter but not large enough to sustain the thermonuclear reactions that make a star shine. In the June 1, 2002 issue of Astrophysical Journal Letters, Katharina Lodders, a senior research scientist in the Planetary Chemistry Lab at Washington University in St. Louis -- along with researchers from UCLA, NASA and other institutions -- reported the first evidence for the existence of changing weather patterns on brown dwarfs.
Until recently, "How's the weather up there?" was a question for pilots, NBA stars and friendly giants. Today, however, you might also ask a dwarf. A brown dwarf, that is.
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