World Premiere: Astronomers are Measuring Wind Speed from a Brown Dwarf Star

The Observable Universe has a mind-boggling estimated diameter of 93 billion light-years, and who knows how much bigger the undetectable part of the Universe is. Even light needs a lot of time to travel to us from other galaxies and solar systems. If the Universe is much bigger than humans had been able to see with the most powerful telescopes ever created, it’s impossible to see more because the light didn’t have enough time to reach us and show us what’s beyond.

It’s poetical and philosophical the idea that the wonders of the Universe can only be revealed to us when light arrives. Our reality is unimaginably big, and we have so many more to explore.

2MASS J10475385+2124234 is astonishing scientists

2MASS J10475385+2124234 is a brown dwarf star only 34 light-years away from Earth. It’s the type of cosmic object that shows us how full of surprises the Universe is. A brown dwarf star is also known as a “failed star” because it’s more massive than planets, but not massive enough to produce thermonuclear reactions in its core so that it can qualify as a star.

A team of researchers led by Katelyn Allers from the Bucknell University had been using the Very Large Array (VLA) and the Spitzer Space Telescope from NASA to measure for the first time the wind speed from a brown dwarf star. They discovered that the brown dwarf’s atmosphere is rotating faster than its core, with a wind speed of almost 1425 miles per hour. Katelyn Allers says that “This agrees with theory and simulations that predict higher wind speeds in brown dwarfs,”

The new findings were reported in the journal Science. While some people may claim that this discovery is not so important, it surely is another thing that humanity learned new about the Universe we all live within.

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