Double stars have a flipped disc
The ring of gas circles the poles not the equator
New observations by the $WDFDPD /DUJH 0LOOLPHWUH 6XEPLOOLPHWUH $UUD\ $/0$ have found a double star system surrounded by a ring of dust that’s been knocked over on its side.
The dusty ring is a protoplanetary disc, which could one day form planets. Though planetary systems have been found around binary stars before, this is the UVW WLPH WKH\ KDYH EHHQ found at right angles to the stars’ orbit.
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