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Kepler Discovers Planetary System Orbiting Two Suns
August 29, 2012
Astronomers at the International Astronomical Union meeting announced the discovery of the first transiting circumbinary multi-planet system: Two planets orbiting around a pair of stars. The discovery shows that planetary systems can form and survive even in the chaotic environment around a binary star. And such planets can exist in the habitable zone of their stars.
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