“The more general term double star is used for pairs of stars which are seen to be close together in the sky. This distinction is rarely made in languages other than English. Double stars may be binary systems or may be merely two stars that appear to be close together in the sky but have vastly different true distances from the Sun. The latter are termed optical doubles or optical pairs.”

Ayo and Moyo Akinsete are not twins. They are brothers who’s dynamic is somewhat disorienting if gazed upon for too long. Through a very distant lens, a stranger can not differentiate the older from the younger, but the gravitational pull of brotherly affection is there masked in a competitive air. 

Image from “Optical Doubles on the Binary” photo series

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