Artist’s rendering of the binary dwarf pair as viewed in infrared light

Magnificent Failures: Brown Dwarf Pair Measured by Gemini Observations |  A team of astronomers led by Keivan Stassun of Vanderbilt University has used the Gemini South telescope and NOAO’s high-resolution infrared spectrograph Phoenix to uncover the dynamics of a pair of eclipsing brown dwarfs. The observations enabled the team to directly weigh and measure the brown dwarfs (often called “failed stars” for their intermediate mass between planets and stars). The Gemini data complemented data the team gathered from Kitt Peak and Cerro Tololo.

Image Credit: Gemini Observatory/Jon Lomberg Illustration