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Planet with four stars discovered


16:32, October 16, 2012

A planet whose skies are illuminated by four stars has been discovered for the first time by an international team of researchers.(Phot from CNTV)

A planet whose skies are illuminated by four stars has been discovered for the first time by an international team of researchers.

University of Oxford said in a statement on Monday that its astronomers joined the team to identify the planet, which is called PH1 and located 5,000 light-years away in the constellation of Cygnus.

It orbits one pair of stars, and in turn has a second pair of stars revolving around it, which is like four suns illuminating its skies.

Whilst binary stars - system with pairs of stars - are not uncommon, out of the thousands of planets discovered outside our solar system until now only six had been found orbiting binary stars, and none of these are known to have another pair of stars circling them.

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