Astronomers Watch Birth of Multi-Star System in Action

February 12, 2015 4:06 PM

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In a first, this week an international team of astronomers reported watching the birth of a multiple-star system in action, shedding light on the mysterious beginnings of star and planet formation.

According to a study published in the journal Nature, the earliest stage of star formation such as that which scientists have seen is critical. During this time the number of stars in the system is determined (multiple-star systems contain two to three stars); however it is usually obscured by dense...

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