At Wednesday morning’s press conference, Tristan Guillot (L’Obs. de la Côte d’Azur & Univ. of Calif., Santa Cruz) suggested that we do not see more brown dwarfs because they have been engulfed by their stars. Lars Buchhave (Univ. of Copenhagen) reported that, in contrast with Jupiter-mass planets, small ones do not require a metal-rich environment. And Thomas Beatty (Ohio State Univ.) described the first discoveries from the KELT-North transit survey. AAS photo © 2012 Joson Images.
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