On the strawberry patch: Sisterhood and soft pretzels


It is estimated that around one-third of the star systems in the universe are binary systems — ones that have two orbiting stars at their center. Unlike our system, which revolves around the mass of a single star, these systems revolve around the immense gravity that binds two.

My existence, my reality, is similar. For a very brief time, my best friend in the universe, my twin sister and I, were a single being. That one being suddenly fractured, and the two of us began our journey through time as sister stars.

This past weekend we celebrated 35 rotations of our orbit. Over the years, as we have twirled

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