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January 5, 2009 12:20 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2009-01

Brown Dwarfs Don't Hang Out With Stars

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Image: 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 EarthSTScI-PRC2009-01b

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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."

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

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

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