NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) space telescope discovers a solar system with six stars.
This is the TIC 168789840 sextuple system about 1,900 light-years from Earth.
It is not the first six-star system to be discovered, as several more have already been found. But it is the first six-star system of six-phase eclipses. As seen from Earth, every time one star passes in front of another, it creates an eclipse visible to our telescopes.
Image: An illustration shows the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Data from TESS has revealed a sextuple star system less than 2,000 light years from Earth. Credit NASA)