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On bizarre brown dwarf worlds, astronomers spot sandy clouds

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope spotted a sandstorm special.

Sandy or (silicate-rich) clouds were confirmed in bizarre, gassy objects known as brown dwarfs, which are between the size of a planet and a star. Since these oddball objects have no solid surface, how the sand grains got so high in their planets’ atmospheres was a mystery to scientists, despite suspicions of observed silicates for at least the past decade (opens in new tab).

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