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Astronomers discover twin-sun planets 5,000 light-years away

San Diego - Utilizing data from the NASA Kepler Mission, astronomers from the San Diego State University have discovered two new transiting “circumbinary” planet systems, which are planets that orbit two stars – similar to the Tatooine planet in "Star Wars."

Star Wars-like planet orbiting two suns found by NASA's Kepler

The US Space Agency are calling it the first confirmed alien world of its kind. Any similarities to the fictional planet Tatooine in Star Wars end, however; the agency says it's thought to be an uninhabitable cold gas giant, similar to Saturn or Neptune
 

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NASA s Kepler mission has discovered a world where two suns set over the horizon instead of just one...
NASA's Kepler mission has discovered a world where two suns set over the horizon instead of just one. The planet, called Kepler-16b, is the most "Tatooine-like" planet yet found in our galaxy and is depicted here in this artist's concept with its two stars.
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