Misaligned planet-forming gas discs around the two young stars in the system HK Tauri

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Misaligned planet-forming gas discs around the two young stars in the system HK Tauri

Post by Led_Zep on 30th July 2014, 1:58 pm

http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1423/

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found wildly misaligned planet-forming gas discs around the two young stars in the system HK Tauri. These new ALMA observations provide the clearest picture ever of protoplanetary discs in a double star. The new result also helps to explain why so many exoplanets — unlike the planets in the Solar System — came to have strange, eccentric or inclined orbits. The results will appear in the journal Nature on 31 July 2014



Artist’s impression of the discs around the young stars HK Tauri A and B
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