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Astronomers find a “cataclysmic” pair of stars with the shortest orbit yet

2022-10-10 09:51

The stars circle each other every 51 minutes, confirming a decades-old prediction.

Nearly half the stars in our galaxy are solitary like the sun. The other half comprises stars that circle other stars, in pairs and multiples, with orbits so tight that some stellar systems could fit between Earth and the moon.

About the observatory

Astronomical Observatory of the University of Warsaw was founded in 1825 and during its almost two century long history has continued scientific research and educational work. The Institute is located in the historical building in the beautiful old Lazienki Garden. Observatory is a relatively small Institute. Its research staff counts 20 astronomers including  nine astronomers […]

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