UW astronomer, students report irregularities in ‘rare, exotic’ binary system

The galaxy NGC 300, home to the unusual binary system Binder and her colleagues studied. The spiral galaxy is over 6 million light years away. NASA/JPL-Caltech/OCIW

UW astronomers Breanna Binder and Ben Williams, along with the help of undergraduates Jacob Gross and Daniel Simons, were recently reminded that the diplomatic axiom to “trust, but verify” also applies to scientific inquiry when they analyzed fresh data from a distant galaxy. As they reported in July in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, a puzzling stellar phenomenon may not be what other astronomers had reported. Read more at UW Today.