For a very long time, the sun has been the commonly known star among the many planets of the solar system. However, according to Dr Lewis Roberts from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and his group of researchers an Exoplanet said to be larger than Jupiter has been discovered. It has been named 30Arietis Bb and its living within a family of four stars.
It was earlier believed that this star commonly known as the four-star system and located 136 light-years away has only had three stars. Never the less the use of instruments fitted to telescopes at the Palomar Observatory brought along its discovery – making it the second after the first four-star planet, KIC 4862625 which was discovered by Andrei Tokovinin in 2013.
It is a giant gas and yellowish in color with likelihood that the small red sun would be the home sun. Possibly there is no solid core to stand on. Its discovery that has been detailed in the Astronomical Journal is proof enough that four-star planet system is becoming more common than it was earlier thought of. Besides, it could also be an indication that multi – star system gravities are competing whereby it’s encouraging the formation of larger planets by day.
Every 335 days, this sole planet is said to revolve around the main start which has impartially a close partner star. Lewis Roberts, who was heading the research, acknowledges the fact that it is still very amazing how nature can put things together. Though observational techniques and technology are steadily improving by the day, it is now not surprising anymore to find or discover exoplanets flanked together. However, it’s estimated that only 4% of the stars within the solar would be in the quadruple system
With their continued research, the researchers are yet to understand how an exoplanet can be affected by various parental stars. Previous researchers have indicated that the additional stars would trigger more growth for the planet which is likely to support life.