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October 16 2012
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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