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Disk Around Red Dward Stars in the Stephenson 34 System
Sig05 009

Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA)

Artwork • July 18th, 2005 • sig05-009

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Astronomers were surprised to discover a 25-million-year-old protoplanetary disk around a pair of red dwarf stars 350 light-years away. Gravitational stirring by the binary star system (shown in this artist's conception) may have prevented planet formation.

About the Object

Name
Stephenson 34 System
Type
Star > Grouping > Binary
Star > Circumstellar Material > Disk > Protoplanetary
Distance
350 Light Years