Brown dwarfs may be stormier than believed

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Brown dwarfs may be stormier than believed

Post by PlutonianEmpire on 7th January 2014, 3:14 pm

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-005

Swirling, stormy clouds may be ever-present on cool celestial orbs called brown dwarfs. New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggest that most brown dwarfs are roiling with one or more planet-size storms akin to Jupiter's "Great Red Spot."

Scientists think that the cloudy regions on brown dwarfs take the form of torrential storms, accompanied by winds and, possibly, lightning more violent than that at Jupiter or any other planet in our solar system. However, the brown dwarfs studied so far are too hot for water rain; instead, astronomers believe the rain in these storms, like the clouds themselves, is made of hot sand, molten iron or salts.  

If a similar topic already exists, feel free to merge; but this was too interesting to pass up. Smile

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