Thursday, September 15, 2011

Kepler Finds Tatooine

Real-Life 'Star Wars' Planet Seen

Another really cool discovery by the Kepler telescope. Announced today, a planet, just like Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine, orbits a pair of stars! A double sunset was something for the imagination in 1977 but is now confirmed out in the galaxy. Binary star systems for a long time were considered too unstable to support planets, but here we are. This leaves the doors open for many more possible planets than we had previously thought, much less moons. Well done Kepler, and keep the discoveries coming as we are amazed every time we find something new!

My 2 Suns: Bounty of New Exoplanet Discoveries Includes a World Orbiting a Binary Star

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