Star system has record eight exoplanets

Star system has record eight exoplanets

By Keshala Dias

15 Dec, 2017 | 5:26 pm

Nasa has found a distant star circled by eight planets, equal to the complement in our own Solar System.

It’s the largest number of worlds ever discovered in a planetary system outside our own.

The star known as Kepler-90, is just a bit hotter and larger than the Sun; astronomers already knew of seven planets around it.

The newly discovered world is small enough to be rocky, according to scientists.

“This makes Kepler-90 the first star to host as many planets as our own Solar System,” said Christopher Shallue, a software engineer at Google, which contributed to the discovery.

Courtesy: BBC