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Newly Born Identical Twin Stars Show Surprising Differences


June 18, 2008

twin stars observed in the Orion Nebula The analysis of the youngest pair of identical twin stars yet discovered has revealed surprising differences in brightness, surface temperature and possibly even in size, suggesting that the stars formed at significantly different times rather than simultaneously, as generally assumed. Full Story

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Vanderbilt University

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