Brown Dwarf Weather

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spitzer_ssc2017-10a August 17th, 2017

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (IPAC)

This artist's concept shows a brown dwarf with bands of clouds, thought to resemble those seen on Neptune and the other outer planets in the solar system.

By using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have found that the varying glow of brown dwarfs over time can be explained by bands of patchy clouds rotating at different speeds.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Spitzer Space Telescope mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Science operations are conducted at the Spitzer Science Center at Caltech in Pasadena, California. Spacecraft operations are based at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Littleton, Colorado. Data are archived at the Infrared Science Archive housed at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at Caltech. Caltech manages JPL for NASA.

Image Source: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/6393-ssc2017-10a-Brown-Dwarf-Weather

Curator: Spitzer Space Telescope, Pasadena, CA, USA

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ssc2017-10a
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Credits
NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (IPAC)
Type
Artwork
Image Quality
Good
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Instrument
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Band
Bandpass
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Integration Time
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Equinox
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Rotation
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FITS Header
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Creator (Curator)
Spitzer Space Telescope
URL
http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu
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Address
1200 E. California Blvd.
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Pasadena
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CA
Postal Code
91125
Country
USA
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Spitzer Science Center
Publisher ID
spitzer
Resource ID
ssc2017-10a.tif
Metadata Date
2017-08-21
Metadata Version
1.2
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