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Radio Telescope Images Reveal Planet-Forming Disk Orbiting Twin Suns

10 Jun 2009, 18:41 UTC
Radio Telescope Images Reveal Planet-Forming Disk Orbiting Twin Suns David A. Aguilar (CfA)

June 10, 2009: Astronomers are announcing today that a sequence of images collected with the Smithsonian's Submillimeter Array (SMA) clearly reveals the presence of a rotating molecular disk orbiting the young binary star system V4046 Sagittarii. The SMA images provide an unusually vivid snapshot of the process of formation of giant planets, comets, and Pluto-like bodies. The results also confirm that such objects may just as easily form around double stars as around single stars like our Sun.

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