Check out the coldest brown dwarf star we've discovered so far

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Apr 29, 2014, 1:09 PM EDT (Updated)

And in super cool (literally) science news ...

Staring back at us from a scant 7.2 light-years away is a star named WISE J085510.83-071442.5. And that heavenly body is known for just one thing -- being a total ice queen. Or, if you want to get science on this thing, the star is presently the coldest brown dwarf we've recorded.

The star was discovered by astronomer Kevin Luhman while he was using NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescopes to study fast-moving space objects in the hope of finding stellar objects near to us, like, say, the hypothesized Planet X.

Instead, he happened upon this cold beauty. Keep in mind that, previous to this, the coldest stars we'd discovered hovered around room temperature or a bit above. In this case, the star fluctuates between negative 48 and negative 13 Celsius. For a star, that's pretty darn cold. So, if you were to, perhaps, find yourself in a TARDIS, trapped in the gravimetric pull of such a star, ya know you may want to bundle up.

(via Uproxx)

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