Space Spotted by Kepler mission
NASA have revealed the discovery of a new planet that orbits around three different suns.
The planet, named KOI-5Ab, was discovered by NASA’s Kepler mission and is a rare find when scouring the universe.
“We don’t know of many planets that exist in triple-star systems, and this one is extra special because its orbit is skewed,” chief scientist of NASA’s Exoplanet Science Institute, David Ciardi, said in a statement.
“We still have a lot of questions about how and when planets can form in multiple-star systems and how their properties compare to planets in single-star systems.
“By studying this system in greater detail, perhaps we can gain insight into how the universe makes planets.”
The research has shown that KOI-5Ab orbits Sun A, which has Sun B is close proximity. The planet orbits both these stars in around 30 years. For Sun C, the planet orbits it every 400 years.