It’s Raining … Molten Iron

Astronomers have discovered weather patterns on an unusual class of stars called “brown dwarfs” or “failed stars”—a celestial breed that’s larger than gas giants, but not large enough to achieve the cycle of nuclear fusion that defines a true star.

At a distance of 6.5 light-years from Earth, Luhman-16B is the nearest brown dwarf to our planet. Its surface is pelted with molten iron rain, which falls from clouds, made up of a gaseous form of the metal. Temperatures are equally hellish, touching around 2,000 Fahrenheit.

This adds a new meaning to the concept of wild weather.



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