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Astronomers Find Infant Solar System
2012-12-05 14:16:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The youngest still-forming solar system ever seen has been discovered by astronomers and reported about in the journal Nature. Astronomers found an infant star surrounded by a swirling disk of dust and gas more than 450 light-years from Earth in the constellation Taurus. The star has about one-fifth the mass of the Sun, but the scientists say it will likely pull in material from its surroundings to eventually match the Sun's mass....

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2010-05-21 06:40:00

Our sun may be an only child, but most of the stars in the galaxy are actually twins. The sibling stars circle around each other at varying distances, bound by the hands of gravity. How twin stars form is an ongoing question in astronomy. Do they start out like fraternal twins developing from two separate clouds, or "eggs"? Or do they begin life in one cloud that splits into two, like identical twins born from one egg? Astronomers generally believe that widely spaced twin, or binary, stars...

2008-10-13 03:00:31

By Wood, Roger The approaching winter will bring challenges and hardships for both heating oil customers and the oil dealers that service them. That was the bottom line, and the reason for an Aug. 18 summit at the Sheraton Harborside in Portsmouth. The Boston-based National Consumer Law Center sponsored the conference, with a goal of identifying short- and long term solutions to the heating oil crisis. One hundred representatives from the oil industry, consumer advocacy groups and state...


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.