The Coldest Star In The Universe Goes To...

March 24, 2011


WD 0806-661 B, a brown dwarf (artist's rendition, lower right) orbiting a white dwarf (interracial orbiting FTW!) some 75-light years from earth. Shit, pack a picnic and let's go! "GW? You don't actually know how far a light-year is, do you?" OVER 1,000 WATTS! Extra mayo on my sandwich BTW.

The American scientists looked at the age of the white dwarf in the WD 0806-661 system, and came up with a figure of about 1.5 billion years. They then estimated the mass of the companion, and used the data from Spitzer [the space telescope, not the gubernatorial whore-monger], which sees in the infrared part of the spectrum.

From that, they got a temperature of about 300 degrees Kelvin, or 27 degrees C (~81 ºF), or about the average daytime temperature of Washington, D.C. in June. If confirmed it would be the coldest brown dwarf ever discovered. An average star has a surface temperature measured in the thousands of degrees -- the Sun's surface temperature is 5,500 degrees C.

Speaking of brown dwarfs, I drove to Tijuana once with a couple buddies and we ended up in this backalley sex-circus where they had a-- *phone ringing* Don't tell that one? Woopsie doopsie. Never been to Mexico, heard it's beautiful.

Astronomers Find The Coldest Stars In The Universe [ibtimes]

Thanks to Inky Bloc, who's convinced all stars are just giant shining buttholes. You know, now that I think about it YOU'RE CRAZY.

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