July 14, 2017

EBLM J0555-57Ab compared to TRAPPIST-1, Jupiter and Saturn (Image courtesy Amanda Smith)

An article published in the journal “Astronomy & Astrophysics” describes the discovery of the star EBLM J0555-57Ab. It’s the smallest star ever discovered, with a size very to the planet Saturn’s. Its mass is about 85 times Jupiter’s but, despite being concentrated in a relatively small volume, has barely enough mass and density to maintain nuclear fusion of hydrogen and thus be a true star.