SETI bioastro: Latest news on brown dwarfs - do they need a new name?

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From: Larry Klaes (larry.klaes@incent.com)
Date: Fri Jun 08 2001 - 10:27:08 PDT


* Dark Planets May Orbit Strange Nearby Objects

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/astronomy/aas_browndwarfs_010607.html

Huge, cold, lonely and of fuzzy origin, brown dwarfs came into significantly
sharper focus today when researchers announced that the failed stars with
the strange name may harbor planets, a privilege previously reserved for
real stars.

* Brown Dwarfs, Poorly Understood, Poorly Named

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/astronomy/aas_browndwarfs_sidebar_0106
07.html

What's in a name? Sometimes, not much.

At a gathering in Germany this April of astronomers who study how planets
and stars form, a poll was taken to determine whether brown dwarfs needed a
new name.


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