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Published on September 16th, 2011 | by geeky


Tatooine Could Be Real?!

A research team at Carnegie Mellon has confirmed the existence of a real circumbinary planet. What?! It’s a planet orbiting a dual star system, which makes it similar to Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine, because it has two suns!

Unlike Tattooine, which is a dry, dusty place, this planet is a very cold (like winter in Antarctica) gas giant. Not habitable, but still a fascinating find! Researcher Alan Boss explained the similarity : “…Tatooine was about a system like this one, a close binary system where the two stars are right next to each other and the planets orbit around both of them.”

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