Astronomers love labels: this is a star, that is a planet, this is a brown dwarf, that is a black hole. But the universe doesn't always package itself up in such neat categories. Take the object recently discovered by Cambridge researchers: it's smaller than Jupiter and it orbits a star like a planet does, but it fuses hydrogen into helium so it counts as a star itself. The fact that we even found this tiny star means we could find more — and that means finding more Earth-like exoplanets.
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Written by Ashley Hamer July 28, 2017
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