Young stellar system caught in act of forming close multiples


10/27/2016 12:50 PM EDT

ALMA image of the L1448 IRS3B system

For the first time, astronomers have seen a dusty disk of material around a young star fragmenting into a multiple-star system. Scientists had suspected such a process, caused by gravitational instability, was at work, but new observations with the NSF-funded Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) revealed the process in action.

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