Other Suns got the right spin

Posted by on May 17, 2016 12:35 pm
Categories: Science

Astrophysicists have for the first time measured the rotation periods of stars in a cluster nearly as old as the Sun and found them to be similar. It turns out that these stars spin around once in about twenty-six days — just like our Sun. This discovery significantly strengthens what is known as the solar-stellar connection, a fundamental principle that guides much of modern solar and stellar astrophysics. This principle — that the Sun is a star — was only proved in the 19th century when distances to the nearest stars were measured.

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