Friday, May 9, 2014

A Stellar Sibling To Our Sun Is Found

Hey Space Placers!

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Astronomers have announced that they have found a stellar sibling to our own star, the Sun.  the star, HD 162826 is located close by at 110 light years in the constellation of Hercules. 15% more massive than our Sun, the star can be seen with binoculars and amateur telescopes. The "HD" stands for the Henry Draper Star Catalog which is a famous catalog of 225,300 stars that was first published from 1918-1924 and added to in later years.

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The star was identified as being related to our Sun based upon analysis of its chemical composition and orbital motion.

There are more of the Sun's relatives to be found. I have added HD 162826 to my astrophoto list, especially since Hercules is now easily visible in the East. When I get a good pic I will share it with you.

If you have binoculars be sure to try and see this solar sibling with your own eyes - its light would have left in 1904!

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