17 Sep '11, 1am

Listen up Star Wars fanboys: Tatooine-like planet with two suns discovered

NEW YORK - The 1977 movie Star Wars featured a planet with two suns called Tatooine. Now scientists said they have found the first real two-sun planet 200 light years away from Earth. "After 35 years, science fiction has finally become reality," said Mr Alan Boss, a theoretical astrophysicist at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington and an author of the study on the planet released on Thursday by the journal Science. The new planet, called Kepler-16b, is about the size and mass of Saturn, and moves in a circular orbit 65 million miles from its suns. Unlike Tatooine, Kepler-16b is far too cold to support life, with temperatures about 100 degrees centigrade lower than Earth, Mr Boss said. The Kepler-16b planet's two suns are different sizes, with the larger one glowing orange and the smaller sun a more reddish colour. Some days the two suns rise and set simultan...

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