Wednesday, March 4, 2015 12:00am -0500

Move Over Tatooine! This Planet Has Four Suns!

If you think the planet Tatooine from Star Wars is cool, imagine being on a planet with four suns!

Growing up as a planet with more than one parent star has its challenges. Though the planets in our solar system circle just one star -- our sun -- other more distant planets, called exoplanets, can be reared in families with two or more stars. Researchers wanting to know more about the complex influences of multiple stars on planets have come up with two new case studies: a planet found to have three parents, and another with four.-- Astronomers have discovered the second known case of a planet residing in a quadruple star system.

Published in Photo Sharing