Is that a Triple-Star System Up Your Nose, Orion?

James Maynard
Oct 1 · 5 min read

A triple-star system seen in the constellation Orion may be home to a rare type of exoplanet…

An artist’s concept of the GW Orionis star system. Image credit: ESO, L. Calçada, Exeter Kraus et al.

Orion is one of the most-recognizable constellations in the skies of the northern hemisphere. If one were to zoom in on the “nose” of the mighty hunter, one would eventually come upon a triple star system, called GW Orionis, around 1,300 light years from Earth.