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Rare Exoplanet Found In Star Cluster, Orbits Sun's 'Twin' 63

astroengine writes "Three new exoplanets have been discovered inside a star cluster, which is a rare find as only a handful of such exoplanets are known to exist. However, one of the three new finds is even more remarkable — it orbits a star that appears to be 'an almost perfect solar twin.' The discovery was made by astronomers using the European Southern Observatory's HARPS exoplanet-hunting instrument (PDF) attached to the 3.6-meter telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile and was confirmed by other collaborating observatories. The astronomers' attention was focused on the Messier 67 open star cluster, which is located approximately 2,600 light-years away in the constellation Cancer."
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Rare Exoplanet Found In Star Cluster, Orbits Sun's 'Twin'

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  • by cold fjord ( 826450 ) on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @03:06PM (#45968187)

    Sun II - Interesting
    Earth II - Exciting

  • Hm (Score:4, Insightful)

    by roc97007 ( 608802 ) on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @03:23PM (#45968371) Journal

    An exoplanet orbiting a Sol-like star in a star cluster. I think I've read that story [].

  • by Trax3001BBS ( 2368736 ) on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @03:35PM (#45968533) Homepage Journal

    I don't think they know what that word means.

    Every article starts off the same way, it's only rare because nobodies seen the other million + scattered through the universe.

    Even the article alludes to this "distance of over 2,500 light-years, the challenge to detect the slight wobble in the faint starlight was formidable"
    Mentioned in the video, "over a period of many years"

    How about "A before unseen blah blah blah found in blah blah

    Unusual was used in the video as was "that's a lot of stars" that are starting to pop up, while the narration again calls it rare.

  • Now we can find out what rabbibunny tastes like.
  • Two? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by QuantumLeaper ( 607189 ) on Wednesday January 15, 2014 @03:46PM (#45968651) Journal
    In the Universe One is Unique, Two is Common. It's just the first to found, more will be found...
  • It's a boring trip even in a Very Fast Picket OU.

  • Which one is Jesus?
  • An almost-perfect copy of Sun located in an "open" cluster? I didn't know the FSF was branching into stellar engineering :).

God helps them that themselves. -- Benjamin Franklin, "Poor Richard's Almanac"