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Release No.: 2009-13
For Release: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 10:30am

Radio Telescope Images Reveal Planet-Forming Disk Orbiting Twin Suns

V4046 Sagittarii system

This artist's conception of the V4046 Sagittarii system highlights the disk-shaped molecular gas cloud imaged by the Submillimeter Array. The gaseous disk, which orbits the twin suns, shows that planets could form around double stars as easily as around a single star like our Sun.

David A. Aguilar (CfA)