A rare triple-star system has been discovered, according to researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. This triple-star system is 685 light years away, a short trip in astrological terms.
It’s the KELT system, once thought to be of the binary-star variety. The planet in question is KELT-4Ab, what scientists are deeming a gas giant roughly the same size as Jupiter.
The sun, or primary star, in the system is KELT-A. The gas giant planet takes roughly three days to orbit KELT-A. That’s right, three days in this planet’s year. From the surface of the planet, KELT-A would appear about 40 times larger than our sun, thanks to its proximity.
The other stars, KELT-B and KELT-C, are far away and orbit each other over 30 years. The KELT system was once thought to be a binary-star system, and KELT-B and C were thought to be the same star. That’s now been clarified, of course.
Move over, Tatooine, right?
The image above was featured on our source’s site, Phys.org. They offer this about it: This artist’s concept of HD 1885 Ab, the first known planet to reside in a triple-star system, would have a similar sunset to KELT-4Ab. Both systems host a pair of stars distantly orbiting the planet-hosting single sun. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.