November 30, 2005
A brown star, as far as I understand it, is a gas-giant planet that never accretes enough mass to collapse into the fusion-reactors we know as actual stars. It's a would-be star that never caught fire, in other words. Sort of like Liz Phair.
I don't know if Jupiter is technically a "brown star," but Carl Sagan referred to it as "a star that failed." If only it could have gotten a little bit bigger and maybe pulled in some of Saturn's mass into it... we could have two suns, just like Luke Skywalker did on Tatooine. And how freakin' cool would that be?
And yes, I'm posting this not for the astronomical novelty of it, but chiefly for the potential Google-hits for "brown star." I'd prefer not to explain.
Thanks to Glen.
Posted by: Jake Jacobsen at November 30, 2005 11:47 AM (9DQPO)
Posted by: compos mentis at November 30, 2005 11:49 AM (xHpUK)
Are you really sure you want to attract that demographic? I mean, isn't one compos mentis enough?
Posted by: sandy burger at November 30, 2005 11:51 AM (Sw8Cn)
Posted by: Harry Callahan at November 30, 2005 11:57 AM (Xroyb)
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Posted by: sandy burger at November 30, 2005 12:06 PM (Sw8Cn)
What are usually considered brown dwarfs are much larger than Jupiter, large enough so that they originally glowed quite brightly when they formed, due to the heat of collapse. But they're too small to have enough pressure in their cores to produce fusion, so they never ignite.
According to this page it requires a body 84 times the mass of Jupiter to ignite. (The sun is 1000 times the mass of Jupiter.) That same page says that the generally accepted definition of "Brown Dwarf" has a lower limit of about ten times the mass of Jupiter.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 30, 2005 12:07 PM (CJBEv)
Just again demonstrates what all of those multiple layers of fact checking are able to achieve.
Posted by: fretless at November 30, 2005 12:08 PM (twzGk)
Posted by: Dale at November 30, 2005 12:08 PM (VE3QR)
Posted by: compos curious at November 30, 2005 12:11 PM (xHpUK)
But then Voyager took some high-def photos of the Jovian system, and things got weird. Is a big moon a planet? Is a small one an asteroid? What if planets actually capture asteroids (as Mars probably did Deimos and Phobos)? Are they still asteroids or are they moons? Or both? And what about comets that "melt" into asteroids? Or those strange "Kuiper belt objects" that might be as large as Jupiter? Then you have weird things like "neutron stars" and "quasars" and black holes and dark matter and gravitational lenses and....
This is a cool time to be alive, if you're a space geek.
Posted by: Monty at November 30, 2005 12:19 PM (/V4PN)
"Duck, I sez"
Posted by: krakatoa at November 30, 2005 12:27 PM (J0a64)
Just another failed, oppressive patriarchal system from what I can tell.
Excerpted from my new book Is Space Necessary?
Posted by: Maureen Dowd at November 30, 2005 12:56 PM (kVUW4)
Posted by: George Michael at November 30, 2005 02:01 PM (XmYpV)
Posted by: Dave S at November 30, 2005 02:02 PM (r1ReH)
True, but unfortunately, some of the coolness will be lost in the sea of phallus jokes.
Posted by: Dave S at November 30, 2005 02:04 PM (r1ReH)
Posted by: TerryGlenn at November 30, 2005 02:37 PM (ywZa8)
Is Brown Star another name for the Amber Eye, hence the Wonkette reference?
Posted by: Bart at November 30, 2005 03:00 PM (KuvFu)
Posted by: Glen at November 30, 2005 03:00 PM (7vc4Z)
Brown star..........amber eye............balloon knot
It's all an anal orgy!
Posted by: Steve at November 30, 2005 03:24 PM (n0lBX)
Yes sir. I'd never encountered the term myself until GTA: San Andreas featured a seafood restaurant called "The Brown Starfish."
Posted by: Guy T. at November 30, 2005 03:25 PM (e1Zez)
Oh, I think you do, Bart. I think you do, indeed.
Posted by: sandy burger at November 30, 2005 05:48 PM (iGWFT)
Posted by: rd at November 30, 2005 07:40 PM (lpbk9)
Can't just spring an amber eye on somebody. One must ease into the amber eye, gently, softly.
I take my writing very seriously, you know.
What did you think I was talking?
Posted by: Bart at November 30, 2005 07:53 PM (EixHX)
It's been years since I read that.
Posted by: Mikey at December 01, 2005 03:53 AM (O9Cc8)
It wouldn't be cool at all... it would be freakin' HOT!!!
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