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A Faint Star Orbiting the Big Dipper's Alcor Discovered
December 9, 2009
New observations of Alcor, one of the stars that makes the constellation known as the Big Dipper's, have uncovered a smaller companion star named Alcor B. Project 1640 was able to show that the two stars moved together using "common parallactic motion."
American Museum of Natural History
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