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The Coolest Brown Dwarfs Proliferate

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Science  04 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5420, pp. 1603
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5420.1603

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CHICAGO-- The Sloan Digital Sky Survey, an $80 million project to create a three-dimensional map of galaxies extending to hundreds of millions of light-years, is making discoveries in our cosmic neighborhood as well. At an American Astronomical Society meeting here on Monday, survey members announced that it has turned up two of the coolest, dimmest stars called brown dwarfs ever seen, lurking by themselves in the equatorial sky.