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New studies give strong boost to binary-star formation theory

December 31, 2013

binary star formation through disk fragmentation Using the new capabilities of the upgraded Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array, scientists have discovered previously-unseen, binary companions to a pair of very young protostars. The discovery gives strong support for one of the competing explanations for how double-star systems form. Full Story

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