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Re: Telescope Sees Possible Mini Solar Systems
Posted by: John Antczak 2005-02-08 12:21:47
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted a dusty disc of material around a very small "failed star" called a brown dwarf, raising the possibility that there may be miniature solar systems in which planets orbit objects not much larger than planets, scientists said yesterday. The brown dwarf named OTS 44 is only about 15 times the mass of Jupiter, much smaller than any other brown dwarf known to be surrounded by a disc of planet-building material.

Re: Telescope Sees Possible Mini Solar Systems
Posted by: CmdrGork 2005-02-08 12:26:14 In reply to: John Antczak
Reading this article, it seemed that the scientist were surprised by the finding. I can't figure that out. If you look at our own solar system, you see planet size objects surrounded by satelites. Why couldn't a brown dwarf or a larger planet form it own "solar system". I would think there would be quite a few of these brown dward systems in the universe. Large enough to draw in disc material, but not massive enough to ignite as a star. I don't really see this as much of a story.
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