Astronomers have found a new huge planet with four suns which is only 125 light years away from us.
The planet is at least 10x the size of the gas giant Jupiter, and according to the scientists it probably has no actual surface to stand on. But, if one flies a spacecraft to its atmosphere, he could see one primary sun, a bright red dot, and one more star shining more brightly than Earth’s twin Venus in our night sky.
If looked closely through a telescope, you would discover that the smallest white star would be actually a binary system of two stars.
“It would depend on what kind of sky you had, but chances are that at least one of them would be up at any given time,” said Lewis Roberts, an astronomer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who helped discover the rare quadruple system.
Although this system known as 30 Ari is not new and was actually discovered several years, ago, it is in the recent times that the scientists came to know that there are four stars to the planet instead of three. Through fitting the telescopes at the Palomar Observatory in San Diego with a Robo-AO adaptive optics system, they were able to find out the fourth star.
Adaptive optics allow ground-based telescopes to have a better look by removing the effects of the atmosphere which causes the star to look like they are twinkling.
“You can almost get to the quality of what you would get from a telescope in space,” Roberts said. “So now we can pick out faint stars that couldn’t be seen before.”.