New analysis strengthens the "born together" hypothesis, which posits that stars are born with companions. Models even back up the idea that the solar system’s sun has a twin.
Space June 16, 2017
Latest study has led researchers to believe that all stars are born with twins. In the sun's case, Nemesis, as it is called, may have been responsible for the end of the dinosaurs.
Space June 14, 2017
For the first time, researchers have found evidence that rocky planets may exist in a double sun system located some 1,000 light-years away from Earth. SDSS 1557 resembles Tatooine, Luke Skywalker’s home planet in 'Starwars' that orbited twin suns.
Space March 1, 2017
For decades, scientists estimated 49 Lib to be a 'teen' star. However, new research has shown that it is actually 10 billion years older than previously thought, making it more of a senior citizen.
Space January 18, 2017
A red nova would appear like a glittering star in the previously dark spot of the night sky about five years from now. The stellar explosion could be as bright as the Polaris, the north star.
Space January 10, 2017
Astronomers predict the collision of a contact binary star system in 2022 that would be visible even without telescopes. See how this collision could look like from space and how it could possibly change the night sky.
Space January 8, 2017
Researchers have predicted that the twin stars of KIC 9832227 will merge and then explode, resulting in a bright star. The event is predicted to occur 2022.
Space January 7, 2017
Using gravitational microlensing and data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers confirmed the presence of a new alien planet that orbits two stars. What makes the discovery of this exoplanet different from those of other Tatooine-like worlds?
Space September 22, 2016
A white dwarf star was discovered to have an almost pure oxygen atmosphere. Astronomers believe it belongs to a binary star system.
Space April 2, 2016
People on Earth look forward to events like solar and lunar eclipses. These are nothing compared to what astronomers discovered: a stellar eclipse lasting for three and a half years.
Space February 22, 2016
A star system called VFTS 352 which includes two hot and young stars that seem to be kissing is facing two possible endings, both devastating in nature. The VFTS 352 is located in the Tarantula Nebula, as indicated in the photo (center).
Space October 23, 2015
Two stars in a binary system are so close, they're sharing material as they spin about each other, scientists say. The end result is likely to be a cosmic cataclysm, they say.
Space October 21, 2015
Rare binary star system features a white dwarf actively consuming its much larger companion star, astronomers say. The result could be a supernova explosion, they say.
Space July 20, 2015
One of the universe’s most studied stars, Delta Cephei, turns out to be part of a pair. Its partner likely escaped detection over the past two centuries because of its 'small mass.'
Space May 12, 2015
"Wheel within a wheel" binary star system may be clue to how planets form, astronomers say. Clumps of gas could be signs of how planets form around multiple-star system despite their complicated dynamics, they say.
Space October 29, 2014
For the first time, an international team of astronomers use multiple telescopes to see right into the heart of a star during its nova phase, when it explodes and emits gamma rays.
Geek October 10, 2014
Astronomers have discovered a young binary system with two potential exoplanets beginning to form.
Space July 31, 2014
Researchers at Ohio State University, along with amateur astronomers from around the globe, discovered an Earth-like exoplanet in a binary star system. Astronomers previously believed Earth-like, or rocky, planets could not exist in binary systems.
Space July 6, 2014
Scientists discover a rocky, icy planet with an Earth-like orbit circling one star in a system of two stars. Experts believe this expands the ground where the search for extraterrestrial life continues.
Space July 4, 2014
A rare hypervelocity star has been discovered, and it is the second-brightest ever seen. Here is the story of how these strange objects are formed, and how this one was discovered.
Space May 11, 2014
The discovery of LAMOST-HVS1, the closest and the second brightest among the 20 “hypervelocity” stars found, could unlock the mystery behind the black hole and the dark matter.
Space May 11, 2014
Researchers have discovered an 'upside-down planet' with unusual gravitational lensing characteristics. The self-lensing planet may lead to the development of new techniques that could be used to study binary star systems.
Space April 23, 2014
A giant peanut in space? It's so large, it would extend from the Sun to Jupiter, destroying everything in between, including the Earth.
Space March 16, 2014