Kepler-16: the "new" planet revolving around two stars

Nasa. Discovered by the space scope Kepler and baptized with the same name, a “new” planet peeps out 200 light years from the Earth. Kepler-16 is the first planet to be directly observed revolving around two stars (circumbinary planet).

Josh Carter, from the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre of Astrophysics, reports: “Once again we discovered that our Solar System is but one example of the variety of planetary systems created by nature”. The gas giant has the same size of Saturn, and it’s been detected while passing in front of its suns. It demonstrates the multitude of living forms that we still do not know and that make our universe a rich place indeed.

Source: Ansa Science