Sunrise, sunset . . . times three

More than 1,000 planets in our own neck of the universe have THREE suns, astronomers claim today.
They came up with the figure after an observatory in Callifornia announced the discovery of a giant planet in a triple star system in July.
The alien solar system, called HD 188753, is about 150 light years from Earth.
Now US and Dutch scientists have worked out how a planet can form in a system of three stars – and their results suggest that there are 1,200 such worlds within 1,600 light years of Earth, New Scientist reports today.

Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.
Paul Sutherland

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Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.

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