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Contains the first low mass companion discovered by the Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope, which has a lens about as powerful as a high end digital camera. The planet or brown dwarf is 27 times the mass of Jupiter and has tidally locked its red dwarf parent star to its orbit, which takes 29 days. It would be the closest in known brown dwarf of the 8 known transiting brown dwarfs. It is thought that one day, the brown dwarf will collide with the star due to tidal forces like many other epistellar brown dwarfs. This would be the first example of an inflated brown dwarf. It appears to have been jostled in the past by an unseen distant stellar companion. The star is 825 ly from Earth.

KELT-1 System Web Pages[]

KELT-1 System In the News[]

Tidally Locked Companion Found (2012)[]

Will Eventually Be Consumed by Star (2012)[]

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