National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

First Direct Imaging of a Young Binary System

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A team of astronomers from The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, and other universities have captured the first direct image of a young binary star system. Using the Coronagraphic Imager with Adaptive Optics (CIAO) mounted on the Subaru Telescope, the team observed the young binary star SR24, which is located in the constellation Ophiuchus, 520 light years away. The data from the team's observations provide the first solid basis for testing and refining theoretical models of star and planet formation in binary systems.


More info: Subaru telescope page