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First planet discovered orbiting binary star system

By admin,  Oct 20, 2011 - 12:34 am,  No Comments

Scientists have recently discovered the first planet orbiting a binary star after analyzing data collected from the Kepler Mission.  It was previously thought only single stars would have planets due to the gravitational changes imposed by binary stars (extreme gravitational change would likely cause unstable orbits for any planets able to form).  The discovery is significant since most Sun-like stars are members of binary systems and it suggests we will be finding more Earth-like planets than previously thought.