Massive Exoplanet found in rare Quadruple Star System

Planets in our Solar System used to orbit only one star, the Sun. But things are quite different among Exoplanets, as they get reared in families with more than one or two stars.

As per latest reports, a group of researchers headed by Dr Lewis Roberts from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena has found an Exoplanet living with an extensive group of four stars.

The planet is named 30 Arietis Bb (30 Ari Bb), and it is the second example of a planet residing in a system of four stars.

Massive Exoplanet found in Quadruple Star System

Latest reports claim that this Exoplanet is 10 times the size of Jupiter. The details about 30 Arietis Bb (30 Ari Bb) was known before, but earlier, it was speculated that this planet resided in a system of three stars, not four.

With the discovery of 30 Arietis Bb (30 Ari Bb), researchers claim that quadruple star systems having planets are more common than early estimation. Latest studies suggest that more than 4% of solar type stars are in quadruple systems.

The four star family is collectively known as 30 Ari, and it is located more than 136 light years from the Earth. If studies are in the right direction, then we can believe that the Exoplanet will orbit the primary star once in every 335 days.

Many earlier studies suggested that parent stars can influence the orbit and size of nearby planets. The latest discovery of this planet raised by four stars is expected to provide an insight to this phenomenon.

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