Reconfiguration of the Orbit (IMAGE) York University Caption Reconfiguration of the orbit of planet (green) initially orbiting the binary at Mercury's distance (black dotted). If the binary was instead a single, solar-type star, it would expand to the yellow dashed circle during the red giant stage, engulfing Mercury, Venus, and even potentially Earth itself. Credit NASA/York University Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.