Astronomers have announced the discovery of a planet with not one, not two, not three, but FOUR suns. My parents? My parents have two sons -- Frank and I. Frank is the good one.
The distant world orbits one pair of stars which have a second stellar pair revolving around them.
It is thought to be a "gas giant" slightly larger than Neptune - more than six times the radius of the Earth.
"All four stars pulling on it creates a very complicated environment. Yet there it sits in an apparently stable orbit.
"That's really confusing, which is one of the things which makes this discovery so fun. It's absolutely not what we would have expected."
Not to be rude or anything, but I'm having a little trouble getting excited about a planet with four suns that I can't even stand on -- it's just a big ball of gas. Speaking of.... *lifting butt cheek* "Don't do it, GW!" Haha, you probably just saved my officemate's life. Seriously though that's the last one I'm holding in, it's not good for your o-ring.
Thanks to Rev Dr Dom, Pogonophile and Inky Bloc, who agree one sun is enough, two tops.
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