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Astronomers clock extremely high winds on an object outside of our solar system

by Ashley Strickland, CNN

For the first time, scientists have been able to measure the wind speed on an object outside of our solar system, according to a new study. The object, known as a brown dwarf, is 33.2 light-years away from Earth.

Brown dwarfs aren’t quite stars, but they’re not planets either. These so-called “failed stars” are too big to be planets. The brown dwarf in this study is the size of Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, but it has 40 times the mass of Jupiter.

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