Astronomers discover planet with 4 suns

A team of amateur astronomers has discovered a planet whose skies are illuminated by four different suns, the first known of its type, BBC News reports.

The planet, located slightly less than 5,000 light-years away, has been named PH1 after the Planet Hunters website that volunteers used. It is thought to be a “gas giant” slightly larger than Neptune but over six times the size of the Earth.

Photo: An artist’s illustration of PH1, a circumbinary planet with two parent stars and two more stars orbiting the entire system. PH1 was discovered by volunteers from the Planet Hunters citizen science project. (Haven Giguere/Yale)

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