Potential discovery of a circumtriple planet has implications for bolstering our understanding of planet formation — ScienceDaily

In a distant star method — a mere 1,300 mild years away from Earth — UNLV scientists and colleagues could have determined the very first identified world to orbit a few stars.

Not like our photo voltaic method, which is made up of a solitary star, it is thought that half of all star units, like GW Ori exactly where astronomers observed the novel phenomenon, consist of two or much more stars that are gravitationally sure to each other.

But no world orbiting a few stars — a circumptriple orbit — has ever been learned. Probably until eventually now.

Takeaways

Applying observations from the potent Atacama Significant Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope, UNLV astronomers analyzed the a few observed dust rings all over the a few stars, which are critical to forming planets.

But they found a considerable, yet puzzling, gap in the circumtriple disc.

The analysis group investigated distinct origins,

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