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While surveying a series of binary stars with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, astronomers uncovered a striking pair of wildly misaligned planet-forming disks in the young binary star system HK Tau. These results provide the clearest picture ever of protoplanetary disks around a double star and could reveal important details about the birth and eventual orbit of planets in a multiple star system.
Shown here is an artist's impression of the misaligned protoplanetary disks around the binary stars in HK Tau.
Image credit: R. Hurt (NASA/JPL-Caltech/IPAC)