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A Star Sister of the Sun

Categories: Western Europe, Spain, Citizen Media, Science

Astrophysicist Ángel R. López-Sánchez blogs [1] [es] on El Lobo Rayado about stars that sisters of the Sun, and the recent confirmation of the existence of one of them, HD 162826 [2].

HD 162826 [2] is located in Hercules constellation and is 15% more massive than the Sun, even though it was already known that it had some similiar features of our star. That was precisely why it was chosen by the research team within a sample of 30 potential candidates to be “sisters” of the Sun.

López-Sánchez adds:

The star HD 162826 [2] can be easily located upon the firmament, particularly during Northern spring, as it part of the Hercules constellation. The apparent magnitude HD 162826 has is 6.5, and that puts it on the limit on watching it at plain sight. But it's easy to locate with binoculars, as long as you have a more or less detailed map.

The post reviewed here was part of the second #LunesDeBlogsGV [3] [Monday of blogs on GV] on May 12, 2014.