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Scientists Discover Largest Ever ‘Tatooine’ Star Wars Planet

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John Burns
Jun 14, 2016 09:10
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Astronomers have discovered the largest planet ever to orbit a double-star system.

Lynette Cook/San Diego State University

Planets that orbit two stars, often known as Tatooine planets first got their nickname in the Star Wars films when Luke Skywalker witnessed a twin sunset when he returned to his home world.

Scientists at San Diego State University made their findings using the Kepler Space telescope and presented them to the American Astronomical Society this week.

Lynette Cook

But it has taken five years to confirm his suspicions.

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SDSU astronomer William Welsh told Science Daily: Finding circumbinary planets is much harder than finding planets around single stars.

The planet is 3,700 light years away and around the same age as the earth at 4.4 billion years old.

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