Sun sibling spotted

Astronomers have found a star 110 light-years away that may have shared the sun’s cradle

By Stephen Ornes, 10:19 AM June 5, 2014

A star in the constellation Hercules may be a sister to our sun, astronomers report in a new study. Called HD 162826, it is among an estimated 1,000 to 10,000 stars born at the same time as our sun and from the same cloud of dust and gas.

Just as children grow up and move on, HD 162826 is no longer close to her sibling. It shines from some 110 light-years away. That means its light takes 110 years to reach Earth.

Iván Ramírez, an astronomer at the University of Texas at Austin, led the experi...

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