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Scientists find rare 'Tatooine' double-star planet

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Charles Michels
Jun 14, 2016 16:51
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Artist's impression of the simultaneous stellar eclipse and planetary transit events on Kepler-1647 b.

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A team of astronomers from NASA s Goddard Space Flight Center and San Diego State University has announced the exciting discovery of a planet with two suns within the Cygnus Constellation, using the Kepler Space Telescope.

Named Kepler-1647 b, the planet is located 3,700 light years from Earth, and thought to be similar in age to our planet, around 4.4 billion years old.

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The team wrote on the SDSU website that it takes the planet about 1,107 days, or a little over three years, to orbit its host stars.

The transits are not regularly spaced in time and they can vary in duration and even depth, he said.

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Additional support from amateur astronomers in the KELT Follow-Up Network aided the team in assessing the planet s mass.

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