Eclipsing Binary Brown Dwarfs (Artist's Concept)

Eclipsing Binary Brown Dwarfs (Artist's Concept)

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News release ID: STScI-2006-11
Release Date: Mar 15, 2006
Image Use: Copyright
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This is a schematic view of a pair of newly discovered brown dwarfs that are gravitationally linked together. The binary pair are too close to be resolved with present-day telescopes. This is an artistic oblique view of the system. In reality, the orbital plane is tilted edge-on to Earth such that the stars are seen eclipsing each other. Eclipsing binaries allow precise measurements of each companion star's mass, diameter, surface temperature, and intrinsic brightness.

Artwork, Brown Dwarfs, Multiple Star Systems, Stars


Artwork: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI);
Science: NASA, NSF, J. Valenti (STScI), K. Stassun (Vanderbilt University), and R. Mathieu (University of Wisconsin-Madison)