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A brown dwarf is a type of stellar classification describing a type of sub-stellar planetary object that is at the bottom threshold of sustaining reaction necessary to be considered an actual star. Despite the object's description as a variety of dwarf star, it can technically also be defined in some conventions of science and astronomy as a gas giant or rogue planet.

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In the year 2152, the United Earth Starfleet starship Enterprise NX-01 planned to investigate a brown dwarf's star system. The ship's investigation was interrupted when the NX-01 was infested by a symbiotic lifeform. (ENT episode: "Vox Sola")

The abundance of the element dysprosium in a brown dwarf star was different than regular stars, when factored with terbium, holmium, erbium, and europium, according to an impromptu scientific dissertation given by Data in 2365. (TNG episode: "Manhunt")

In 2367, the USS Enterprise-D made way for a nearby brown dwarf, intending to use its mass to help create a gravitational catapult effect to deflect a mirror universe invasion out of the primary universe. (TNG novel: Dark Mirror)

The Federation scoutship USS Hubble was assigned to a brown dwarf survey in sector 19658 around the 2370s decade. (Decipher RPG module: Starships)

The Kestra system in Beta Quadrant counted a brown dwarf among its orbiting objects when surveyed by the USS Titan in 2380. (TTN novel: Orion's Hounds)

The Solanae Dyson Sphere, constructed by the Solanae roughly concurrent with the fall of the Iconian Empire, 200,000 years prior to the 25th century, was centered around a brown dwarf the was part of the Delta Solanae system in the galaxy's Delta Quadrant. Originally, the star was of a different type, transformed into a brown dwarf due to a large-scale industrial accident, which swamped the Dyson sphere with tetryon radiation, forcing the inhabitants to abandon this place. (STO video game: Star Trek Online)

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Stellar classification
By class and type class O blue-violet starclass B blue starclass A blue-white starclass F white star (white dwarf) • class G yellow star (yellow dwarfyellow giant) • class K orange star (orange giant) • class M red star (red dwarfred giant) • green starbrown dwarfN-type starR-type starS-type starD-type star
By size or makeup black hole/black starcarbon starcollapsardwarf star (brown dwarfred dwarfwhite dwarfyellow dwarf) • giant star (blue giantred giantorange giantyellow giant) • Lazarus starneutron starprotostarpulsarsupergiant starwhite holeWolf-Rayet star

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