So-called “circumbinary” planets orbit around a double-star system. Here we see a zoom-through of the Kepler 16 system, with one planet orbiting a large primary star and a smaller secondary star.
Video courtesy NASA/JPL/Tim Pyle
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Michael Moyer is the editor in charge of physics and space coverage at Scientific American. Previously he spent eight years at Popular Science magazine, where he was the articles editor. He was awarded the 2005 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award for his article "Journey to the 10th Dimension," and has appeared on CBS, ABC, CNN, Fox and the Discovery Channel. He studied physics at the University of California at Berkeley and at Columbia University.