U. Texas Twin Astronomer Probes ‘DNA’ of Twin Stars to Reveal Family History of the Milky Way

UT News Astronomer Keith Hawkins (left), an assistant professor at UT Austin, is pictured with twin brother Kevin Hawkins. Credit: Rob Hardin AUSTIN, Texas — Twin stars appear to share chemical “DNA” that could help scientists map the history of the Milky Way galaxy, according to new research by astronomer Keith Hawkins of The University of Texas at Austin accepted for publication in The Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Hawkins knows something about twin similarities and differences, being himself a fraternal twin. His own study of stellar twins…

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