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Very low mass Brown Dwarf (12 MJ) or very massive free floating planet found to have a circumstellar disk and to still be accreting matter from the disk. Shows that it was formed the same way stars do. First radio observations found a protoplanet-like disk of gas and dust, containing ten Earth masses. It was found to siphon off material from this disk. The dust grains appear to be clumping and may eventually form a moon. Located in the Chamaeleon star forming region over 500 ly away.

OTS 44 System Web Pages[]

OTS 44 System In the News[]

Debris Disk Detected (Feb 2005)[]

OTS 44, the smallest known Brown Dwarf, becomes the first brown dwarf detected to have a planetary disk

Other Chameleon Brown Dwarf Disks Detected (Oct 2005)[]

Many other brown dwarves in the Chameleon constellation were also found to have planetary disks.

Dust Still Falling on Object (2013)[]

Disk is Rather Star-Like (2017)[]

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