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Windows Team Discovers Twelve Stars!
News story originally written on February 22, 2000

Something new and exciting is happening at Windows to the Universe! Windows scientists say they discovered twelve new stars, including one that is the second brightest in the night sky! They decided to create web pages for each of these stars. Windows scientists can't believe no one has discovered them before.

"It's truly amazing!" writes Chris Gleason, one of the scientists that discovered the stars. "We don't understand how others missed these bright stars in constellations like Leo, Ursa Major and Virgo. We gave each star a name and made a page with some information about them."

Highlights of the discoveries include the North Star, also known as Polaris, the famous...er... bright star Algol, and Acrux, a star in the constellation Crux, which isn't even visible from the Windows office!

"I'm just so excited about these stars! We will continue to search our books...er...sky to find more of these bright objects. Until then, we recommend that users study these stars and their constellations," Gleason said.

Stay tuned for further updates...

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