http://spaceflightnow.com/news/n0210/11planet/ This is the only discovered planetary orbit around a close binary star that I know about. I have some general questions about planetary orbits around or within close binary systems or even the further apart binary star formations or triples. Considering how many binary systems (and triple) there are, I hope some Astronomers are making predictions about planetary orbits within them. I bet the math is complicated! The idea of a planet in a binary system blows my mind. All the different orbital possibilities are driving me crazy and I wonder if Astronomers are working on predictions for the Alpha Centauri AB and Proxima System (the Sun's closest stellar neighbors.) Also since Alpha A and B are not that drastically different in mass from eachother I get really puzzled by the idea of a planetary body near their center of mass however unlikely that would seem. Some questions : Would it be possible for there to be a Lagrange point between the binary stars where asteriods/planetoids, what-have-you remain somewhat fixed?!? Also: Is it possible for a planet to orbit both stars outside of the stars orbits with eachother? What would that orbit look like? And a weird one: (please don't laugh) What about inside their orbits around both of them like a figure 8? Or what about a regular circular orbit around one Star, but when the other star gets close (say there is a Eliptical orbit of one Star around another larger star ) the planetary orbit gets very distorted? I realize that Jupiter doesnt have a distortion of Earth's orbit when it aligns but not every system is like ours (near circular). If Jupiter were closer or there were a much more massive Red Dwarf wouldn't it distort our orbit with the Sun when it passed close by? I have a tough time imagining what this orbit would look like. This is racking my brain. I have read that so far no Gas Giants have been seen around Centauri but this does not rule out smaller rocky ones or water worlds that could be detected with better equipment. I am anticipating a better understanding of Alpha AB and Proxima.