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Water Clouds May Float in Dwarf Star’s Atmosphere

Astronomers say they’ve collected evidence that points to the existence of the first water, or water ice, clouds detected outside the solar system. Writing in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, scientists from the University of California Santa Cruz say the brown dwarf called WISE 0855, which is a mere 7.2 light-years from Earth, likely has the clouds in its atmosphere. Using the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii, researchers scanned WISE 0855, the coldest known object outside the solar...

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