Kepler1647b a Jupiter-Like Planet Orbiting’S Two Suns Discovered [ Current Affairs ]


A Jupiter-like circumbinary planet which is named as Kepler1647b orbiting a system of two stars has been discovered by Scientists using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope. The astronomers of Goddard Space Flight Centre and San Diego State University (SDSU) have discovered the planet.

  • Kepler1647b is the largest of cosmic body ever found in history and circumbinary planets are those planets which have orbit two stars.

Key Facts

  • Kepler1647b is situated in the constellation Cygnus.
  • It is 3, 700 light-years away from earth and about 4.4 billion years old, for example roughly the same age as the Earth.
  • Mass and radius of Kepler1647b are nearly identical to that of Jupiter which makes it the major transiting circumbinary planet ever found.
  • The planet completes its orbit to its host stars in 1, 107 days around 3 years and this is the longest period of any confirmed transiting exoplanet found so far.
  • Kepler-1647b is a gas giant which makes it unlikely to host life.
  • The stars of the planet are similar to our Sun but little larger than our home star and the other slightly smaller.

About Kepler Space Telescope (KST)

  • In 2009 NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has launched an unmanned space observatory which is called KST.
  • It determines commonly, Earth-like planets occur throughout the Milky Way galaxy.
  • It has been considered as a statistical mission and not to examine the environmental conditions of planets which is exist in the so-called Goldilocks zone of their
  • KST works by perceiving a turn down in the light of a star which is known as a transit, each time orbiting planet permissions in front of it.

- Published on: June 16, 2016