Artist’s illustration of the strange star system (left), actual photo (R). Image: ESO/L. Calçada, Exeter/Kraus et al.
Three stars are ripping apart a potentially planet-forming disc of gas and dust 1,300 light-years from Earth.
Why it matters: The star system could help scientists learn more about how some of the strangest systems of planets and stars form in the galaxy.
Details: Researchers observed the star system — named GW Orionis — for about 11 years. They found the three stars have warped the disc, which has tilted rings, according to a new study in the journal Science this week.
The big picture: Understanding the structure of the disc could one day help scientists spot planets circling other stars that may have formed from warped discs as well.
Context: Unlike this star system, the planets of our solar system formed from a flat plane of dust and debris circling the Sun.
President Trump announced Friday that the Defense Department “will NOT be cutting funding” to the military’s historic independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes.
Driving the news: The Pentagon had ordered the shutdown of the military’s independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes, despite objections by Congress, per the AP.
Rival demonstrators in front of the Louisville Metro Hall in Kentucky ahead of the Kentucky Derby. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images
Authentic won the 146th annual Kentucky Derby on Saturday as Black Lives Matter protesters and armed supporters of police faced off, while the usual crowds were cast aside to promote social distancing.
The big picture: Like most sporting events this spring, the first leg of the American Triple Crown of horse racing was postponed from its traditional first Saturday in May to the new September date because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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