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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 extraterrestrial life.
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