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Image 1 - Bounty Of Failed Stars Found By Astronomers
2011-10-12 03:46:58

A University of Toronto-led team of astronomers has discovered over two dozen new free-floating brown dwarfs, including a lightweight youngster only about six times heftier than Jupiter, that reside in two young star clusters. What's more, one cluster contains a surprising surplus of them, harboring half as many of these astronomical oddballs as normal stars. "Our findings suggest once again that objects not much bigger than Jupiter could form the same way as stars do. In other words,...

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2008-09-15 18:35:00

A Canadian team of scientists have made an unprecedented discovery: an image of a planet outside of Earth's Solar System which appears to be circling a star like the sun. The newly discovered planet lies about 500 light-years from Earth and has a mass of about eight times that of Jupiter. It is the first discovered to be orbiting a star rather than brown dwarfs, which are dim. The star, appears to be similar to our Sun, but may be somewhat younger, experts said.  Distance between the...

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2006-08-04 12:12:26

The cast of exoplanets has an extraordinary new member. Using ESO's telescopes, astronomers have discovered an approximately seven-Jupiter-mass companion to an object that is itself only twice as hefty. Both objects have masses similar to those of extra-solar giant planets, but they are not in orbit around a star - instead they appear to circle each other. The existence of such a double system puts strong constraints on formation theories of free-floating planetary mass objects. Ray...

2006-06-05 14:27:29

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Too lightweight to be stars but bigger than most planets, a handful of hot young free-floating objects have the raw materials to make their own mini-planetary systems, astronomers reported on Monday. Just like some young stars, these so-called planemos have disks of cosmic dust and gas circling them. These kinds of disks contain the ingredients for planets; astronomers believe Earth and the other planets in our solar system were forged...

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2006-06-05 14:25:00

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Too lightweight to be stars but bigger than most planets, a handful of hot young free-floating objects have the raw materials to make their own mini-planetary systems, astronomers reported on Monday. Just like some young stars, these so-called planemos have disks of cosmic dust and gas circling them. These kinds of disks contain the ingredients for planets; astronomers believe Earth and the other planets in our solar system were forged from such a...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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