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September 15, 2011

Planet Orbits Two Stars

I just read an interesting article that NASA's telescope Kepler found a planet orbiting two stars about 200 light-years from Earth. The article compares this newly discovered planet to the Star Wars film's Tatooine planet, which has a double sunset. This double sunset is now scientific fact because of Kepler's new planet discovery.
The circumbinary planet is cold and gaseous. Although it is not thought to harbor life, scientists believe the planet is a milestone discovery. The discovery shows a new class of planetary systems that could harbor life. Scientists believe chance of life on another planet is a lot greater now that they can also search binary systems of stars for planets.

Here's a link to the full article: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/main/index.html

Posted by morejill at September 15, 2011 09:32 PM

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