Written by Ellis Ian Fields
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Topics: Astronomy, Snooker

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

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Nothing like a binary star system!

Claims that two newly-discovered stars resemble a game of snooker have been rubbished by an expert on the game of the green beize.

Astro-boffins at Warwick and Sheffield Universities were instrumental in spotting the system in which a red dwarf and white dwarf are in a close, tight orbit with eachother.

They reckon it looks like a game of snooker.

"What rubbish," says Larry Hazard, who has covered snooker and billiards in the Press for 50 years.

"I've seen hundreds of games of snooker and this looks nothing like one! Where are the two guys with cues knocking the balls around?

"And when, in a game of snooker, do you have just a white ball and a red ball on the table? Ridiculous!

"I suppose, if anything, you could say it looks a little like a game of billiards when you can just have a white and a red - but they don't keep going round eachother.

"How much for the interview?"

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