Ladies and gentleman, a star is born! Or rather, two stars. The biggest scientific discoveries of 2019.
This transfixing image features two circumstellar disks in which baby stars are growing, taking in material from their surrounding disk. This is the first time ever that we’ve witnessed the complex birth of binary stars in such vivid detail. Stars are one of the most fundamental building blocks of space, but the specific conditions under which they assemble remain elusive. Which is why scientists are hoping that these new observations will shine a light on their mysterious origins. So, here’s what we do know about how stars form. And no, it doesn’t involve finding an amazing agent or scoring a spot on a hit TV show after years of dead-end auditions.