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Brown Dwarf's Flare Opens X-ray Eyes

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Science  21 Jul 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5478, pp. 373-374
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5478.373a

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When the Chandra X-ray Observatory pointed its snout at a failed star 16 light-years away, astronomers expected it to see little sign of activity. Instead, the orbiting telescope got smacked in the eye by an x-ray flare--and astrophysicists are still trying to explain why.