Planet exist around three stars


(Image/Caltech, NASA)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has confirmed the discovery of a planet that exists around three stars, named KOI-5Ab, after 11 years.

According to NASA, it all started during the Kepler mission in 2009 when it identified what was thought to be a planet about the size of Neptune. It was the second new planet candidate found by the mission but it was forgotten due to Kepler’s racked up planet discoveries.

The image shows planet KOI-5Ab transiting across the face of a sun-like star. It is located 1,800 light-years away in the Cygnus constellation.

NASA said it is about one half the mass of Saturn and orbits a star (star A) with a relatively close companion (star B), which orbit each other every 30 years. A third gravitationally bound star (star C) orbits stars A and B every 400 years.

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