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Previously thought to be science fiction, a planet in a triple-star system has been discovered

By Samantha Lawler, Assistant professor of astronomy, University of Regina
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KOI-5Ab is a newly discovered planet in a triple-star system. It is a great example of the kind of astonishing discoveries that result from co-operation between large teams of astronomers using different types of telescopes and observation techniques.

There is a stereotype that “lone genius” scientists make discoveries without any help from others. This is propagated by the prestigious Nobel Prize, which is awarded to at most two or three scientists at a time.

But major discoveries,…


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