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Release No.: 2020-19
For Release: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 8:00am

The Sun May Have Started Its Life with a Binary Companion

Artist's conception of a potential solar companion.

Artist's conception of a potential solar companion, which theorists believe was developed in the Sun's birth cluster and later lost. If proven, the solar companion theory would provide additional credence to theories that the Oort cloud formed as we see it today, and that Planet Nine was captured rather than formed in place.

Credit: M. Weiss