Artist concept of circumbinary disk

Spitzer Reveals Unexpected Disks Around Interacting Stars |  This artist concept illustrates new Spitzer Space Telescope observations of an unusual class of interacting binary stars that emit excess amounts of infrared radiation, suggesting that these odd objects are surrounded by large disks of cool dust.

The results were produced by one of six teams of professional astronomers and high school teachers participating in a unique program co-sponsored by the Spitzer Science Center and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). NOAO Press Release 06-04

Image Credit: P. Marenfeld and NOAO/AURA/NSF