Astronomers have discovered a planet from Star Wars


20/09/2011

Science fiction has been realized in reality. NASA released an animation recently discovered planet Kepler-16b. On the horizon of the planet to sit two suns, like the fantastic planet of Tatooine, which was Luke Skywalker’s home planet in the epic Star Wars.

In the famous scene of Star Wars, Luke Skywalker gazing into the distance, watching as the two sit on the horizon the sun of his native planet.

NASA discovered that Kepler-16b, like the fantastic planet of Tatooine, orbits a binary star, in contrast to the Earth and its lone star called the sun.

This planet is about 200 light-years from Earth. Her found by Kepler space telescope, which monitors the brightness of 155,000 stars. The study was published in the journal Science.

Although astronomers have found a planet with double stars, just now received direct confirmation of the existence of such a phenomenon, because scientists can directly observe how a planet passes in front of its two suns.

"Kepler-16b - is the first confirmed example of a planet that does not revolve around one, and around two stars," - said co-author Josh Carter of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

"This finding is striking," - said co-author Alan Boss of the Carnegie Institution for Science Department.

"Once again, what was considered science fiction, embodied in reality."

It should be noted that all these similarities and limited. While Luke Skywalker’s home planet was very warm and desert on planet Kepler-16b, which is comparable in size to Saturn, the surface temperature is in the range of 73-101 degrees minus.

Original: Telegraph


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