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Scientists find rare ‘Tatooine’ double-star planet

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Jacqueline Cleghorn
Jun 15, 2016 13:49
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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.

According to the team, Laurance Doyle, a coauthor on the paper and astronomer at the SETI Institute, noticed a transit back in 2011.

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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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