Scientists have determined that the strange three-star planet is actually a star in its own right

Finding alien worlds in distant solar systems is a delicate task.

Astronomers’ instruments have come a long way since the first extrasolar planet Discoveries made in the 1990s, but the pursuit remains uphill: Finding tiny objects hundreds of light-years away, far outnumbered by their host stars. It should come as no surprise that, at times, discoveries of exoplanets are just a fluke.

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