Binary L dwarf Kelu-1 (31 July 2005)

This pixelated image taken by the ESO/NASA Hubble Space Telescope shows the system Kelu-1. This star systems consists of two brown dwarfs and is located in the constellation of Hydra, 61 light years away. It is among the first brown dwarf dicovered, which were not part of a system containing a later-than-M-type star.

Observations made between 2005 and 2008 by a german team of astronomers who used data from Hubble, the Very Large Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope suggest, that the system even contains a third, so far undetected, component.

Credit:

NASA, ESA and M. Stumpf (MPIA)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0901d
Type:Observation
Release date:5 January 2009, 18:20
Size:1225 x 1225 px

About the Object

Name:Kelu-1
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Type : Brown Dwarf
• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Binary
• X - Stars Images/Videos
Distance:60 light years

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Infrared
Near-IR
GALEX
NICMOS

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