Star whizzed past solar system at distance of a light year, AsiaOne Science & Technlogy News

February 18, 2015 7:56 AM

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SAN JOSE - By the standards of outer space, it was the closest call yet recorded: a star that zoomed past our solar system 70,000 years ago at a distance of eight trillion kilometers, or five trillion miles.

An international team of astronomers said Tuesday the dim star probably passed through the solar system's distant cloud of comets, known as the Oort Cloud.

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