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Amateur astronomer spots 34 paired-off ‘failed’ stars

A citizen scientist used old telescope data to find a trove of binary star systems that include what are sometimes dubbed “failed stars.”

These stars, also known as brown dwarfs, are mysterious objects with more than 12 times the mass of Jupiter and less than half the mass of the sun. Scientists have long debated whether these objects are more like stars or very large planets, and the new detections might help settle the issue. Even with the best computing technology, humans still have an advantage spotting brown dwarfs in astronomical data, and that’s where citizen science enters the scene.

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