Artist's impression of Luhman 16B recreated from VLT observations

This video sequence is an artist's impression based on the first ever map of the weather on the surface of the nearest brown dwarf to Earth. An international team used ESO's Very Large Telescope to make a chart of the dark and light features on WISE J104915.57-531906.1B, which is informally known as Luhman 16B and is one of two recently discovered brown dwarfs forming a pair only six light-years from the Sun. Luhman 16A appears in the background in this sequence.

Note that the faint fine detail on the surface of Luhman 16B has been added for artistic effect.


ESO/I. Crossfield/N. Risinger (

About the Video

Release date:29 January 2014, 19:00
Related releases:eso1404
Duration:01 m 06 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:WISE J104915.57-531906.1
Type:Milky Way : Star : Type : Brown Dwarf



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