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Posted 04 October 2013 - 03:36 PM
Researchers Find that Bright Nearby Double Star Fomalhaut Is Actually a Triple
The University of Rochester said:
The nearby star system Fomalhaut - of special interest for its unusual exoplanet and dusty debris disk - has been discovered to be not just a double star, as astronomers had thought, but one of the widest triple stars known.
In a paper recently accepted for publication in the Astronomical Journal and posted today to the preprint server arXiv, researchers show that a previously known smaller star in its vicinity is also part of the Fomalhaut system.
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