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Nasa's Kepler Discovers Multiple Planets Orbiting a Pair of Stars

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Sharing the light of two suns

Artist's concept illustrates Kepler-47, the first transiting circumbinary system (multiple planets orbiting two suns) 4,900 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Cygnus.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

Coming less than a year after the announcement of the first circumbinary planet, Kepler-16b, NASA's Kepler mission has discovered multiple transiting planets orbiting two suns for the first time. This system, known as a circumbinary planetary system, is 4,900 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.

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