Graphic of number of stars vs. spectral type within 32 light-years of Earth

This diagram shows the various stellar populations within 32 light-years of Earth as measured by the RECONS survey. The largest population consists of red dwarfs, but the population of slightly lower mass brown dwarfs drops off precipitously. This is known as the "brown dwarf desert".


NASA, ESA and A. Feild (STScI)

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Release date:5 January 2009, 18:20
Size:2400 x 2589 px

About the Object

Name:Planets, Stars
Type:Milky Way : Planet
Milky Way : Star
Distance:30 light years
Category:Solar System

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