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Forgotten Star Cluster Now Found Useful in Studies of Sun and Hunt for Earth-like Planets

June 22, 2012

image of star cluster Ruprecht 147 A loose group of stars, known for over 180 years but never before studied in detail, has been revealed to be an important new tool in the quest to understand the evolution of stars like the sun, and in the search for planets like the Earth. The star cluster holds great promise for use as a standard gauge in fundamental stellar astrophysics. Full Story

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