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Kepler Discovers Planetary System Orbiting Two Suns

29 Aug 2012, 00:45 UTC
Kepler Discovers Planetary System Orbiting Two Suns

A team of astronomers has found the first transiting circumbinary multi-planet system: two planets orbiting around a pair of stars. This discovery shows that planetary systems can form and survive even in the chaotic environment around a binary star. And that such planets can exist in the habitable zone of their stars. The results are being announced at the XXVIII General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Beijing, China and published in the 30 August 2012 issue of the journal Science.

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