September 16, 2011
Planet Like 'Star Wars' Tatooine Discovered Orbiting 2 Suns
This is a Yahoo article on the discovery of a planet with two suns, named Kepler-16(AB)-b. The Kepler-16 system is roughly 200 light-years away. Kepler-16(AB)-b is similar to Saturn in size except it is 50 percent denser. According to lead author Laurance Doyle, an astrophysicist at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute in Mountain View, Calif, "Kepler-16(AB)-b is not habitable as we know it". The planet is on a 229-day orbit around both of its two suns. Kepler-16(AB)-b is the first planet discovered by astronomers with two orbiting suns. Astrophysicists Laurance Doyle believes that this discovery will lead to many more discoveries, "Now that we know how to detect circumbinary planets, I think we are going to find a lot more rapidly".
By Charles Q. Choi, SPACE.com Contributor Space.com
Posted by chazr at September 16, 2011 03:04 PM
Unfortunately the real Tatooine has yet to be found, this one is about the size as Saturn so it is almost certainly not a desert world with a sarlacc pit but rather a gas giant.
Posted by: dhupp at September 17, 2011 10:55 AM
Such a fascinating universe we live in and what an incredible time to be alive. I hope to live to see the day that we find life on another world.
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