Scientists Discover Red Dwarf Star Making Closest Approach to Our Solar System

February 18, 2015 4:30 AM

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Scientists Discover Red Dwarf Star Making Closest Approach to Our Solar System

A low-mass red dwarf star passed through the outer Oort Cloud 70,000 years back in the closest approach made by any star into our system, discovers a team of researchers from various countries.

Lying in the constellation Monoceros and known as Scholtz’s star, it is a part of a binary system and has 8% the mass of the sun. Its companion, a brown dwarf, is said to have 6%.

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