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A failed star known as “The Accident” is changing the way we look at the galaxy…

There’s a newly observed object in the sky called WISEA J153429.75-104303.3 — more affectionately known as “The Accident.” The Accident is a brown dwarf, a ball of gas that never quite grew large enough to start nuclear fusion and become a star — but it’s cold, strange, and unlike any other brown dwarf we’ve seen. This weird brown dwarf is the first of its kind that we’ve detected, and it’s changing the way astronomers search for the smallest stars in our galaxy.

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