The First Solar Sibling


For the first time, the discovery of  a “solar sibling” to our sun was located by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin.  Solar siblings are classified as stars formed from the same cloud of gas and dust.  Sister star HD 162826 is located in the constellation Hercules.  The star can be seen through amateur binoculars.

The research for solar siblings opens a entirely new field of focus for astronomers. Discovering these stars may help in pinpointing why life evolved on earth.  It also assists in writing the history book of our solar system and unraveling how certain planetary bodies formed.

This may not be the only “sister” to the sun. Researchers estimate there are nearly thirty relatives.  The more astronomers discover,  closer we are to understanding our universe.

Comment your thoughts below and enjoy tonight’s episode of Cosmos!

– Julia


(Sources: Science Daily)