Science: The Neighbors

Man has been studying the stars for thousands of years, but he has been overlooking a couple of his nearest neighbors in the universe.

Last week, the University of Minnesota's Dr. Willem Jacob Luyten announced that he had discovered a double star which is only about six light years (35 trillion miles) away from the solar system. It is thus the nearest known star that can be seen regularly in the Northern Hemisphere. (The nearest of all stars, Alpha Centauri and Proxima Centauri, are 4.3 light years away, but are usually visible the Southern Hemisphere.)

The earth's new-found neighbors are not the...

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