A strange, solitary life for young stars at the Milky Way’s center

‘S-stars’ are young; typically, stars their age and mass spend their childhood with a twin. But results from a 10-year survey Chu and his team conducted with W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea, Hawaiʻi Island show these keiki S-stars have no stellar companions. The survey marks the very first systematic search for binary star systems in this exotic region of the Galactic Center. (UCLA Galactic Center Orbits Initiative/W. M. Keck Observatory)

Maunakea, Hawai’i – Stars living closest to the supermassive black hole at the center