It is possible that the “first of its kind” triple star system devoured a fourth star

Artist’s interpretation of the quadruple star system HD 98800. The newly discovered triple star system, known as TIC 470710327, has a very similar structure except for the outer pair of stars orbiting the central binary pair merging into a single star. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA)

(Opens in a new tab)Astronomers have discovered a triple star system unlike any seen before. The unusual trio of stars is much larger than the typical triple system, which may be because the three stars had a fourth brother before someone devoured them.

The triple or triple star system is known as TIC 470710327 and researchers discovered it using data from NASA’s orbiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) observatory. a land. The trio has a hierarchical structure, which means that a pair of binary stars orbit each other at the center of the system, and a third star orbits around the central pair.

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