Surface map of Luhman 16B recreated from VLT observations

This video shows the first ever map of the weather on the surface of the nearest brown dwarf to Earth. An international team has used ESO's Very Large Telescope to create 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.

This video shows the object as it rotates on its axis.


ESO/I. Crossfield

About the Video

Release date:29 January 2014, 19:00
Related releases:eso1404
Duration:26 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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