The planet PH1, located at 5,000 light years from Earth, is the first star system found so far. Its discovery was announced Monday by an international team of astronomers, after verification of the discovery of two lovers.
A sky lit by four suns . It is the peculiarity of the planet PH1, named by an international team of astronomers announced the discovery Monday. This is the first star system found so far.
PH1 is a gaseous planet, the same size as Neptune, which is nearly six times the size of Earth. It is located about 5,000 light years from our planet one light year equal to 9.461 billion kilometers.
Specifically, PH1 is orbiting two suns and two stars revolve around them. So far, only six planets were known to be orbiting two suns, but without other distant star orbiting their solar system, astronomers explain. “Rethinking how planets can form”
The planetary system thus revealed, called circumbinary double was initially discovered by two American astronomers, Kian Jek and Robert Gagliano, who shared their comments on the sitePlanethunters.org . This platform was created in 2010 to encourage amateur astronomers to identify exoplanets, that is to say those outside our solar system, with data collected by the Kepler space telescope U.S..
Professional astronomers American and British then made observations and measurements with Keck telescopes on Mauna Kea in Hawaii.
“The circumbinary planets are there in the most extreme planetary formation,” notes Meg Schwamb, a researcher at Yale University, Connecticut, lead author of the research. It was presented at the annual conference of the division of planetology American Astronomical Society meeting in Reno, Nevada, in the western United States . According to this researcher, “the discovery of such stellar systems forces us to rethink how these planets can form and grow in such an environment.”