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The circled dot represents the position of the sun in the Milky Way, and the stippled cone shows how far away the new candidate stars are
06/06/13

 

Using a galaxy similar to our own Milky Way as an example, researchers show the scale of the distances for the sample of stars that are somewhat larger than originally thought. The circled dot represents the position of the Sun in the Milky Way, and the stippled cone shows how far away the new candidate stars are (2800-7000 light years), compared to the size of our galaxy. Credit: NOAO/AURA/NSF



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