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2006-03-22 14:59:22

Arizona -- Astronomers have discovered a unique "brown dwarf" right in our solar neighborhood. If your city were the galaxy, it would be like finding someone you didn't know about living upstairs in your house, one of the discoverers said. The rare object is only 12.7 light years from Earth, circling a primary star that itself was discovered only recently in the southern hemisphere constellation Pavo (the Peacock). Only one other brown dwarf system has been found closer to Earth, and it's...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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