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Planet with Three Suns November 17, 2005

Posted by jtintle in Deep Space, HD 188753, Space Fotos, Space News.

A Jupiter-class planet orbiting a triple-star system known as HD 188753 was found, according to a report In the July 14 issue of Nature. The three stars are about 149 light-years from Earth and are about as close to one another as the distance between the sun and Saturn.

In other words, a viewer there would see three bright suns in the sky. In fact, the sun that the planet orbits would be a very large object in the sky indeed, given that the planet’s “year” is only three and a half days long. And it would be yellow, because the main star of HD 188753 is very similar to our own sun. The larger of the other two suns would be orange, and the smaller red.

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Source: Science and Space

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