Wal Thornhill: JWST & L-Type Brown Dwarf Stars | Thunderbolts

What will the JWST tell us about the origins of life, newborn planets, and subsequent formation of planetary systems? The L-Type Brown Dwarf is a class of faint star bridging the gap between stars and Jupiter-sized planets, and the most numerous stellar object in the galaxy. Life may be possible inside the glow of a brown dwarf—far more likely than on a planet orbiting outside a star—since the radiant energy arriving on a planet orbiting inside a glowing sphere is evenly distributed over its entire surface.

Wal Thornhill, Thunderbolts Chief Science Advisor, demonstrates why an important science goal for the infrared JWST is an examination of brown dwarfs to verify they are gas-giant sized bodies enclosed in a huge red anode glow. For perspective—if Jupiter’s present invisible plasma sheath were lit up it would appear in the sky the same size of the Sun. Brown Dwarfs are simply small Red Giants.

This is PART 3 of a series featuring the James Webb Space Telescope.

PART 1 – June 19, 2021
James Webb Space Telescope | SERIES
Wal Thornhill: JWST & Fundamental Change | Thunderbolts

PART 2 – September 5, 2021
James Webb Space Telescope | SERIES
Wal Thornhill: JWST & Stellar Discovery | Thunderbolts

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