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Trio of Fast-Spinning Brown Dwarfs May Reveal a Rotational Speed Limit

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Trio of Fast-Spinning Brown Dwarfs May Reveal a Rotational Speed Limit

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Brown dwarfs, sometimes known as “failed stars,” can spin at upwards of 200,000 mph, but there may be a limit to how fast they can go.

Using data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists have identified the three fastest-spinning brown dwarfs ever found. More massive than most planets but not quite heavy enough to ignite like stars, brown dwarfs are cosmic in-betweeners. And though they aren’t as well known as stars and planets to most people, they are thought to number in the billions in our galaxy.

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