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124. 

What is the name of the third transiting planet in the Kepler-47 Circumbinary System discovered by astronomers from San Diego State University?

[A]. Kepler-47d
[B]. Kepler-47c
[C]. Kepler-47b
[D]. Kepler-47a

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

A group of researchers, led by astronomers at San Diego State University, by using data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, detected the new Neptune-to-Saturn size planet orbiting between two previously known planets Kepler-47b and Kepler-47c. This new planet named as Kepler-47d. The research was recently published in the Astronomical Journal.According to a new study, Kepler-47d is about seven times larger than Earth and also the largest of the three planets in the Kepler-47 circumbinary system. The Kepler-47 system is approximately 3.5 billion-years-old and it is 3,340 light years away in the direction of the constellation Cygnus.

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