16 Sep '11, 12am

Astronomers say they have discovered a planet that is orbiting two Suns, much like Star Wars' Tatooine

Astronomers say they have discovered a planet that is orbiting two Suns, much like Star Wars' Tatooine

US astronomers said on Thursday they have discovered the first planet that is orbiting two Suns, much like the fictional home of Luke Skywalker featured in Star Wars. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON (AFP) - US astronomers said on Thursday they have discovered the first planet that is orbiting two Suns, much like the fictional home of Luke Skywalker featured in Star Wars. Skywalker's native planet of Tatooine was hot and desert-like, but this planet, called Kepler-16b, is a freezing cold world about the size of Saturn, orbiting two parent Suns in a near perfect circle about 200 light years away. The planet was glimpsed with the US space agency's Kepler space telescope, which monitors the brightness of 155,000 stars, according to the research published in the journal Science. 'This discovery is stunning,' said co-author Alan Boss of the Carnegie Institution for Science Department o...

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