The Birth of Binary StarsTextAnimationSimulation

Multiple stars systems are important to more than just astronomical specialists. The proliferation of multiple star systems may have a profound influence on the critical issue of where, when and if Life can emerge on other worlds. Planets that form in multiple star systems) are growing up in dangerous neighborhoods. A planet happily orbiting one of the stars can be blown into space by gravitational tugs from a sibling star. For many astronomers, such instability makes planets in multiple star systems poor candidates for the formation of life.

Planets may have formed in disks like this one surrounding the young star Beta Pictoris

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