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AGENCIES | London, October 16, 2012 13:14
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A planet with four suns has been identified by two astronomers.

The bright new world, just under 5,000 light years away, is believed to be six times the size of Earth, a British daily reported Monday.

It orbits one pair of stars and is in turn circled by a second pair. As a result, four stars light up its skies.

"It's fascinating to try and imagine what it would be like to visit a planet with four suns in its sky, but this new world is confusing astronomers - it's not at all clear how it formed in such a busy environment," said Chris Lintott, from Oxford University.

The planet was discovered by two US volunteers using the planethunters.org website operated by scientists including Lintott, the newspaper said.

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