George Lucas was ahead of his time after all!
September 15, 2011 11:34 AM Subscribe
A team of astronomers monitoring data from the Kepler,
a craft designed to identify potenially habitable stars, have just announced today that they have located one orbiting a double star system
(NYT Link). Early data suggests it's a gaseous planet, but it is also within the range considered "sustainable for life". Still, if there's no life there, Kepler's got over a thousand
other exoplanets to check out.
Officially, the newly-discovered planet is named "Kepler 16b," but astronomers have already nicknamed it "Tatooine"
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