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Our New Neighbor Orbiting Barnard’s Star – Details & Historical Background

16 Nov 2018, 12:30 UTC
Our New Neighbor Orbiting Barnard’s Star – Details & Historical Background ESO/M. Kornmesser

Despite its diminutive size and comparative dimness, Barnard’s Star has played an outsized role in astronomy since its discovery a century ago. Being the second closest known star system, it has been of great interest in exoplanet searches for over half of a century as well as the subject of numerous science fiction stories and even the possible target for our first real-world interstellar voyages. On November 14, 2018, an international collaboration of astronomers announced the first definitive exoplanet detection for Barnard’s Star with hints of more discoveries to come.

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