Mysterious object called ‘The Accident’ has been careening through the Milky Way for 10 billion years

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Astronomers have taken the first detailed look at a mysterious Milky Way object known as “The Accident” — and discovered that it’s even more perplexing than previous studies indicated.

The Accident is not quite a star (scientists can tell from its dim glow that there’s no nuclear fusion powering the object), and it’s not quite a planet, either. According to a study published June 30 in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, The Accident is something in between — a rare class of object known as a brown dwarf, or a failed star.

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