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October 16 2012

Planet with four suns discovered


Astronomers have found a planet whose skies are illuminated by four different suns - the first known of its type.

The distant world orbits one pair of stars and has a second stellar pair revolving around it.

It remains a mystery how the Neptune-like world avoids being pulled apart by the gravitational forces generated its four stars.

The find was made by volunteers using the Planethunters.org website along with a team from UK and US institutes.

A scientific paper outlining the quadruple star system has been posted on the Arxiv pre-print server.

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