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Another Methane Dwarf

Another Methane Dwarf

This methane dwarf in the Virgo constellation was discovered by Sky Survey astronomers Zlatan Tsvetanov, Wei Zheng, and David Golimowski of the Johns Hopkins University. The near-infrared filter of the SDSS camera enables the astronomers to distinguish very cool objects (such as this dwarf) from the millions of stars imaged by the camera, on the basis of the objects' extremely red colors.
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