Graphic of Number of Stars vs. Spectral Type within 32 light-years of Earth
Graphic of Number of Stars vs. Spectral Type within 32 light-years of Earth
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This diagram shows the various stellar populations within 32 light-years of Earth as measured by the RECONS survey. The largest population consists of red dwarfs, but the population of slightly lower mass brown dwarfs drops off precipitously. This is known as the "brown dwarf desert."


Tags
Brown Dwarfs, Hubble Telescope, Illustrations, Multiple Star Systems, Stars

Credits

Artwork Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)

Science Credit: NASA, ESA, and T. Henry (Georgia State University)