Flickering Jets From Binary Star Systems Can Affect Chances Of Hosting Life

Flickering Jets From Binary Star Systems Can Affect Chances Of Hosting Life

Because Earth is the only planet known to harbor life as we know it, researchers have typically focused on planetary systems similar to our own when searching for extraterrestrial life.

But new research suggests that planetary systems form differently around binary stars than around solo stars like the Sun — and that these differences could affect the potential of a binary star system to sustain life. Nearly 50% of all sun-sized stars are binary stars, and if the team’s theory is confirmed, it could double the number of systems researchers might want to probe.

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