This new solar system is made up of three planets in total and can be found about 210 light years away from Earth. It is in the constellation known as Lyra. The new system is known as Kepler-37. The three planets in it go by the names of Kepler-37b, Kepler-37c, and Kepler-37d. (How original!)
The smallest planet in this system, is Kepler-37b. It is slightly larger than our moon, smaller than Mercury, and about one-third the size of our Earth.
The planets orbit a sun in the same class as ours... but that's where the similarities end.
For example, experts at NASA say the Kepler-37b has a rocky make-up, but does not have an atmosphere and probably does not harbor life like we know it. It orbits its sun once every 13 days.
NASA says, the estimated surface temperature of this smoldering planet, is more than 800 degrees Fahrenheit (700 degrees Kelvin), and it would be hot enough to melt the zinc in a penny.
The other two:
Kepler-37c is the next planet about the size of Venus, while Kepler-37d is farthest away from its sun and about twice the size of the earth. They both orbit every 21 days and 40 days, respectively.
This brand new system was discovered by scientists utilizing NASA's Kepler Space telescope. It is tasked with finding planets like ours. Planets found in or near the "habitable zone,". This is an area in a planetary system where water could be found.
The Kepler space telescope, simultaneously and continuously measures the brightness of more than 150,000 stars every 30 minutes.
The search is on-going.