New data shows that what scientists had thought were planets are actually stars

Astronomers have detected at least three small stars masquerading as exoplanets, new research shows.

The three, possibly four, stars were originally discovered by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope. At the time, they were classified as exoplanets. However, a new study suggests their original classification may be a case of mistaken identity, according to a statement from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where most of the researchers are based.

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