Twice the Astronomy Love as Twins are Born in the Depths of Space

Binary stars may be common throughout the galaxy, but a question which has long puzzled astronomers concerns their birth — do they form together, or do they come together through the force of gravity? New observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) observatory show a pair of binary protostars forming together from a cloud of gas and dust.

Located 5,500 light years away from our own solar system, IRAS 07299–1651 contains two massive young stars — a massive primary star and a smaller…

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