The sun has a sibling which came from the same cosmic womb as the star that shines in the milky way. The newly discovered sun sibling is 110 light-years away from earth and resides inside the constellation known as Hercules.
The universe is full of mystery. It seems like the more discoveries scientists make, the more mysteries need to be solved. Ivan Ramirez and his team at the University of Texas in Huston are trying to answer one question in particular. The question of where it all started.
The sun sibling was given the name HD 162826 by the team who discovered its existence at the University of Texas at Austin. This is the first instance of an entity that shares such a close connection to earth’s sun. The scientist in charge of the discovery team, Ivan Ramirez, stated there is a chance that there are planets orbiting the found sun sibling that could contain life. However he also admitted that the chances of this being true are very slim.
His theory on the matter is that at some point in the distant past there was probably a collision with the one of the assumed planets orbiting HD 162826. When that collision occurred, parts of the other planet could have floated away from the sun sibling to a different solar system and could have provided the material for the beginning of primitive earth.
The sibling to the sun is around 15 times larger than that of the star people count on to warm our planet. However, despite its massive size, it is impossible to observe HD 162826 without some kind of ocular assistance. The observers who discovered its presence did so with low powered binoculars. Ramirez and his team observed 30 different entities that they thought could be the sibling to the sun and could also be capable of sustaining life. In the end the best result that was found was HD 162826.
Ramirez also stated that he and his team are attempting to understand where the sun was born by studying its sibling known as HD 162826. He went on to say that if they were able to understand this concept then they would be able to figure out why humans are here. The discovered sun sibling has opened researchers up to an idea of creating a sort of road map that will allow them to track down even more entities that are similar to HD 162826 and therefore discover more siblings of the sun.
The other purpose of the galactic road map is to help scientists narrow their search efforts so that they will not have to check stars one by one. So far, Ramirez and his team have been studying the sun’s sibling for 15 years. The star known as HD 162826 is visible for others besides scientist to view. Those who would like to see it can look to the sky in the direction of the Hercules formation using a set of binoculars or a telescope.
The discovery of this star is bringing new innovative thinking to scientists everywhere. It may have been discovered by Ivan Ramirez and his team, but they saw fit to share their findings with the public. No matter what name is chosen, HD 162826 or the sun’s sibling, it remains a shining star of hope for researchers and everyone else that it is currently floating over.
By Mike White