Massive radio telescope array investigates the birth of planets around twin stars

Massive radio telescope array investigates the birth of planets around twin stars

Astronomers have gained new insight into the formation of planets around twin stars that orbit one another.

Despite the fact we are most familiar with planets orbiting a single, central star — like the arrangement of our solar system — over 50% of stars in the cosmos exist in a binary system, meaning they have a companion star. These binary systems can also have planets around them that either circle one of the stars in a “circumstellar orbit” or loop both of the stars in a much wider “circumbinary orbit.” 

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