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Double Star System Flips Planet-Forming Disk into Pole Position

14 Jan 2019, 14:10 UTC
Double Star System Flips Planet-Forming Disk into Pole Position

New research that included astronomers Luca Matra and David J. Wilner of the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian has found the first confirmed example of a double star system that has flipped its surrounding disc to a position that leaps over the orbital plane of those stars. The international team of astronomers used the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) to obtain high-resolution images of the Asteroid belt-sized disc.

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