Forecast for Exotic Weather
Forecast for Exotic Weather
About this image

This artist's conception illustrates the brown dwarf named 2MASSJ22282889-431026. NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes observed the object to learn more about its turbulent atmosphere. Brown dwarfs are more massive and hotter than planets but lack the mass required to become sizzling stars. Their atmospheres can be similar to the giant planet Jupiter's.

Hubble and Spitzer simultaneously observed the object as it rotated every 90 minutes. The results suggest wind-driven, planet-size clouds.


Tags
Artwork, Brown Dwarfs, Hubble Telescope, Stars

Credits

Illustration Credit: NASA, ESA, and JPL-Caltech

Science Credit: NASA, ESA, and D. Apai and E. Buenzli (University of Arizona)