New planet discovered
Posted on: 16 Oct 2012
London: A planet with four suns has been identified by two astronomers.
The bright new world, just under 5,000 light years away, is believed to be six times the size of Earth, The Independent reported Monday.
It orbits one pair of stars and is in turn circled by a second pair. As a result, four stars light up its skies.
'It's fascinating to try and imagine what it would be like to visit a planet with four suns in its sky, but this new world is confusing astronomers - it's not at all clear how it formed in such a busy environment,' said Chris Lintott, from Oxford University.
The planet was discovered by two US volunteers using the planethunters.org website operated by scientists including Lintott, the newspaper said.