Scientists Find Real 'Tatooine-Like' Planet With Two Suns


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Scientists working with NASA's Kepler mission have discovered a planet containing two suns as shown by the 1977 sci-fi movie "Star Wars," breaking several galactic assumptions that were previously thought to exist only in science fiction movies or books.

The movie "Star Wars" portrayed the existence of a planet "Tatooine" with a double sunset. Now, it has become a reality after 34 years.
The new planet, called Kepler-16b, is the most "Tatooine-like" planet yet found in our galaxy and lies 200 light years away from Earth. But, unlike the hot "Tatooine," it is an inhospitable cold world thought to be made up of about half rock and half gas.
The planet has two stars, one about 69 percent the mass of the Sun and the other only 20 percent the mass of the Sun, which circle each other every 41 days.

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