Binary systems consisting of two stars are common systems. After all, there are a lot of them in the Milky Way. Does such an environment make planets possible? It turns out that by all means, a good example of this is the exoplanet categorized under the name Kepler-16 b.

The exoplanet Kepler-16b was first found in data from the Kepler space telescope, which made it possible to discover a large number of planets outside the solar system. Astronomers confirmed this object using a telescope from the French Observatory de Haute-Provence, located north of Marseille.

Kepler-16b in the dual system and in this regard Looks like Tatooine From Star Wars. It will be visible from its surface Two sunrise or sunset. However, the construction of this object is a mystery to scientists.

Photo: University of Copenhagen / Lars Boschav

An artistic view of a protoplanetary disk near a young star

In individual systems, the planets consist of the protoplanetary disk that surrounds the star. So far, we don’t know the exact explanation of what this looks like in binary systems. Scientists believe that the exoplanet Kepler-16b may have formed far from, and then approached, both stars.

There are more of these exoplanets, and scientists believe they will find many similar systems. Without looking far, it is worth noting the neighboring system Alpha Centauri, which includes the stars closest to Earth after the Sun. There is, too Planets found.

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