Planet with three stars

Planet with three stars

Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovered a Jupiter-sized hot planet orbiting three stars. The system is 680 light years away from us. In fact, this is the fourth discovery ever of a triple-star system with a planet. So, maybe, this rare phenomenon is more common than we think.

The planet was discovered by the Kilodegree Extremely Little Telescope (KELT). Since it is the fourth planet found in such a system, the system is named KELT-4 and the planet KELT-4Ab. KELT-4A is the brightest host of the planet. KELT-4BC is a binary star system subcomponent of the triple.

In fact, the chances of these multi-star places being habitable are relatively low, but you never know – maybe somebody out there seeing the stars once in a thousand years. Photo: eso.org

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