• Determine the minimum mass of the star

  • American astrophysicists have estimated the minimum possible weight of a star. Objects that are 15 times lighter than the Sun (or 70 times heavier than Jupiter), can still generate enough energy to Shine for billions of years and be considered stars. In their depths a lot more will take place thermonuclear reactions.

    American astrophysicists have estimated the minimum possible weight of a star. Preprint of the study available in the electronic library arXiv.org briefly about it reports New Scientist.

    According to estimates of scientists, the objects that are 15 times lighter than the Sun (or 70 times heavier than Jupiter), can still generate enough energy to Shine for billions of years as stars.

    In this case, in the depths of such bodies will continue to occur fusion reaction, which distinguishes them from brown dwarfs — celestial bodies that occupy an intermediate position between stars and planets.

    To similar conclusions astrophysics has come by measuring the mass 37 red (the lightest and dim stars) and brown dwarfs. It is possible to establish a lower limit on the mass of the star, which was less than previously thought.

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