This Just In: Storms Expected on Brown Dwarfs

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spitzer_sig14-001 January 7th, 2014

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

This artist's concept shows what the weather might look like on cool star-like bodies known as brown dwarfs. These giant balls of gas start out life like stars, but lack the mass to sustain nuclear fusion at their cores, and instead, fade and cool with time.

New research from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggests that most brown dwarfs are racked with colossal storms akin to Jupiter's famous "Great Red Spot." These storms may be marked by fierce winds, and possibly lightning. The turbulent clouds might also rain down molten iron, hot sand or salts -- materials thought to make up the cloud layers of brown dwarfs.

Provider: Spitzer Space Telescope

Image Source: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/images/5718-sig14-001-This-Just-In-Storms-Expected-on-Brown-Dwarfs

Curator: Spitzer Space Telescope, Pasadena, CA, USA

Image Use Policy: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/info/18-Image-Use-Policy

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Planet > Feature > Atmosphere > Storm
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sig14-001
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B.3.2.3   B.1.2.2.2  
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NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (IPAC)
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Good
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Spitzer Space Telescope
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1200 E. California Blvd.
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Spitzer Science Center
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2019-02-27
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