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(University of Texas)   Astronomers find Sol's long lost brother. He's a little fatter than our sun, but I'm sure his friends like him just the same   (utexas.edu) divider line 18
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2014-05-10 05:42:48 PM  
Should've found the female variant.  Could've been a Sol Sister.
 
2014-05-10 06:24:03 PM  

SamFlagg: Should've found the female variant.  Could've been a Sol Sister.


They could have been Sol mates!
 
2014-05-10 06:24:25 PM  
Try saying this quick: Sol's sole soul sister.

Our Sun's the cute one. Yaaaay!

Finding stars that were born in the same nursery as ours might be a great short cut to finding stars with life like ours--same causes, same effects. They ought to be similar in composition, which rules out a lot of ifs.
 
2014-05-10 06:30:21 PM  
I'm hoping to read more about this in Bad Astronomer's column.
 
2014-05-10 06:35:00 PM  
Why is "Sun" written in Latin in the headline?
 
2014-05-10 07:30:50 PM  
Fun fact: five stars of the Big Dipper, minus the ones on the ends, are part of a related group of stars, the Ursa Major Moving Group.
 
2014-05-10 07:31:39 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Why is "Sun" written in Latin in the headline?


I thought they were talking about my accountant's father.
 
2014-05-10 08:58:48 PM  
Better call Sol.
 
2014-05-10 09:54:09 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Why is "Sun" written in Latin in the headline?


Sol is the name of our sun. A sun is simply a star with planets. We needed a way to differentiate our own from the billions of others out there.
 
2014-05-10 10:11:11 PM  
What SordidEuphemism said.  The fact there's only one Sol in all the great, wide universe is how you can tell a writer's an idiot when they talk about alien solar systems.  It's like calling all cities everywhere a 'New York'.
 
2014-05-10 10:12:27 PM  
This is from the UT team, right? Because every farking article I read yesterday referred to it as the "sister" sun.
 
2014-05-11 02:20:49 AM  
It's not fat, it's just big-cored.
 
2014-05-11 11:57:03 AM  

AdrienVeidt: What SordidEuphemism said.  The fact there's only one Sol in all the great, wide universe is how you can tell a writer's an idiot when they talk about alien solar systems.  It's like calling all cities everywhere a 'New York'.


No. It's like if there were a city named "City", and when you mentioned another city, someone assumed you've confused New Fark City with Jefferson City or think that all cities are New Fark City. To be fair, it's basically a failure of language evolution to find that a generic term might have a more specific meaning (or vica versa) with no really clear modifiers. The whole "a sun" vs "the Sun" argument is pretty lame, and only really highlights the broken semantics of the language, not any scientific incompetence. Thanks, though.
 
2014-05-11 12:13:50 PM  
Any chance that solar system will be filled with evil twins?
 
2014-05-11 01:01:57 PM  

elbows_deep_silent_queef: g all cities everywhere a 'New York'.


You may have a point with "Moon" but we call all the other "Suns" stars. there is only one Sun... and there's no need to call it Sol.
 
2014-05-11 01:52:12 PM  
Find a galaxy of them, and they can form a Sol Train.
 
2014-05-11 02:42:08 PM  
Is this where I act willfully ignorant and act like I don't understand the difference between "Sol" and our sun and a sun and stars in general?
DURRRP
 
2014-05-11 10:48:22 PM  
Better call Sol.
 
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