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What the birth of a binary looks like

Two young stars are being born from turbulent disks of gas and dust in a new photo taken by the ALMA telescope in Chile.

Two young stars are being born from turbulent disks of gas and dust in a new photo taken by the ALMA telescope in Chile.

What they're saying: "The size of each of these disks is similar to the asteroid belt in our solar system," Felipe Alves, an author of the study detailing this finding, said in a statement.

Details:

  • The circumstellar disks of the system, located in the Pipe Nebula, are fed by gas and dust in a larger disk surrounding the growing stars.
  • The image — released on Oct. 4 — could help illuminate how binary systems of stars grow in deep space.