posted on May, 11 2014 @ 02:12 PM
One of our
Sun’s long-lost sister stars has finally been found, and she’s pretty close by
Astronomers at the University of Texas at Austin have done something rather remarkable: They’ve identified a nearby star that was birthed from the
same cluster as our own Sun. If that wasn’t cool enough, the lead author also says that — because the Sun and this sibling star were once
relatively close and may have bumped uglies — there is a “small, but not zero” chance that planets orbiting this star could host
This new star, HD 162826, is about 110 light years away in the constellation Hercules. It’s about 15% larger than our Sun, but even so you’ll need
some binoculars or a simple telescope to see it. 110 light years, in interstellar terms, is very close
So they appear to have found one our Sun's long lost siblings!
The fact that we can analyze the elemental composition of something that's 110 light years distant leaves me in awe. One has to wonder if they will
ever find the location of the nebula that appears to have birthed our Sun and her new found sister.
edit on 11-5-2014 by andy06shake because: (no reason given)