Imagine living on a planet with three suns!

sunsAn international team of astronomers have announced the discovery of a planet in a distant solar system that contains three stars. The planet, named HD 131399Ab orbits the brightest of the three on a very long and wide path. The system is located about 340 light years from Earth in the constellation Centaurus and the planet HD 131399Ab has an estimated mass four times that of the gas giant Jupiter. The planet was found using the SPHERE instrument on the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope in Chile. Kevin Wagner a first-year PhD student who discovered HD 131399Ab, said “For much of the planet’s year, the stars appear close together, giving it a familiar night-side and day-side with a unique triple-sunset and sunrise each day”.