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Unprecedented map details weather on an alien brown dwarf: Molten hot rain

January 30, 2014

Unprecedented map details weather on an alien brown dwarf: Molten hot rain

Molten iron rain with highs of 1000°C: First weather map of distant star reveals its hostile atmosphere.

Luhman 16B is a hybrid planet-star positioned 6.7 light years away. Wednesday’s research shows that it’s raining molten iron over there. The reasons for unusual weather patterns in this strange failed star, also known as a brown dwarf, has been determined.

Scientists have created the first weather map for the brown dwarf. The map reveals an intricate arrangement of patchy clouds, composed of liquid iron and various minerals fuming in sweltering temperatures.

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