Astronomers believe a three-star system in space has been observed, surrounded by a chaotic disk of dust that could form planets,media BGR reported. These stars orbit each other, and the dust disks are torn apart in different directions. The researchers believe that the material that orbits these stars is enough to form 30 Earths.
The study, published in the journal Science, does offer no hard evidence for researchers of a “Tatum-like world,” but it does offer possibilities. Is there a planet lurking in a lot of dust and debris? As the scientists explained in their paper, the three stars were discovered using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope with the help of the Atakama Large Millimeter Wave/Subimeter Wave Array. The researchers found evidence that the Samsung system tears apart a disk of dust and matter that usually forms planets and moons.
Typically, when a star forms, it attracts nearby material — or sometimes it waits in orbit around the star, depending on where it forms. Over time, these substances precipitate into a suction disk, where they accumulate into larger and larger spheres. These spheres sometimes collide with each other, while other smaller blocks form satellites that end up trapped in the orbits of larger objects.
In this case, the suction disk itself has a large amount of material that can be used to make planets. The researchers believe there are as many as 30 Earth-mass dust and debris orbiting the three stars, which themselves are twisting and rotating each other. Simulations suggest that it is possible that stars orbit each other enough to throw dust into the confusion observed by researchers.