Astronomers have discovered the largest JUPITER- like planet outside the solar system that orbits two suns. The planet — with the unwieldy name of Kepler-1647b — is the largest one yet discovered that orbits two suns.
The newfound planet about the size of Jupiter, is 3,700 light-years from Earth. A light-year is nearly 6 trillion miles.
It was detected by a team led by NASA and San Diego State University using the planet-hunting Kepler telescope. The discovery was announced Monday during a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in San Diego.
Planets orbiting 2 stars are called circumbinary or ‘Tatooine’ planets.
The team also found that Kepler-1647b falls within the “habitable” zone of the double-sun system – the distance from the stars at which it is possible for liquid water to be present.