NASA's Spitzer Discovers Blinking Star System Surrounded by 'Hula Hoop'

August 1, 2013 9:38 PM

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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has made an unusual discovery. It's found a young stellar system that "blinks" every 93 days. Composed of three young stars, the system is surrounded by a "hula hoop" disk of material left over from the star formation process.

The system itself is called YLW 16 and was first discovered when Spitzer spotted infrared light emitted by the warmed gas and dust in the disk that still swathes the young stars. The two inner stars of the system whirl around each other in a stellar dance and occasionally peek out from the disk of m...

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