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Study Gives Insight Into How Skywalker's Tatooine May Have Formed
2014-01-31 13:03:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Tatooine, a fictional planet with two stars that is best known as the home of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movie franchise, may not be as farfetched as one might think. Scientists from the University of Bristol studied Tatooine’s real world counterparts: circumbinary planets. These planets, like Kepler-34(AB)b, have an orbit that encompasses two stars, and the latest study gives insight into what Skywalker’s home might have...

First Planet Discovered In A Quadruple Star System Confirmed
2012-10-31 09:45:16

University of Notre Dame Justin Crepp, Freimann Assistant Professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, provided the high-contrast imaging observations that confirmed the first extrasolar planet discovered in a quadruple star system. He is a co-author on a paper about the discovery, “Planet Hunters: A Transiting Circumbinary Planet in a Quadruple Star System,” recently posted to the open-access arXiv.org, and submitted for publication to The Astrophysical Journal....

Planet Found Orbiting Two Stars
2012-10-15 13:37:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of international astronomers, along with Planethunters.org volunteers, found the first reported case of a planet orbiting twin suns that in turn is orbited by a second distant pair of stars. Researchers said that only six planets are known to orbit two stars, and none of these are orbited by distant stellar companions. "Circumbinary planets are the extremes of planet formation," said Meg Schwamb of Yale University and lead...

NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope Discovers Two Planets Orbiting Binary Star System
2012-08-29 08:58:00

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers working with NASA´s Kepler mission have found the first evidence of multiple planets orbiting a binary star system. The discovery shows that planetary systems can form and survive in chaotic environments around a binary star system. Furthermore, the discovery suggests that earth-like planets can also exist in the habitable zone of their stars. The discovery was announced this week at the XXVIII General Assembly of...

Image 1 - Kepler Finds Two More Two-Sun Planets
2012-01-12 05:42:31

Astronomers announced the findings of two new circumbinary planets, or worlds that orbit two different stars, during the American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Austin, Texas on Wednesday. The discovery, which was presented by San Diego State University (SDSU) Associate Professor Dr. William Welsh and published online in the journal Nature, used data from NASA's Kepler Mission to locate a pair of transiting circumbinary planet systems. The two worlds, which have been dubbed...

Image 1 - Kepler Discovers First Ever Circumbinary Planet
2011-09-15 13:01:09

  NASA's Kepler spacecraft has discovered a new planet that orbits around a pair of low-mass stars, not unlike the fictional world of Tatooine from the Star Wars universe, the U.S. space agency announced Thursday afternoon. "The existence of a world with a double sunset, as portrayed in the film Star Wars more than 30 years ago, is now scientific fact," NASA said in a statement on Thursday. "Unlike Star Wars´ Tatooine, the planet is cold, gaseous and not thought to harbor...


Latest Circumbinary planet Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Binary Star -- A binary star system consists of two stars both orbiting around a gravitational point between them. The term "binary star" was apparently first coined by Sir William Herschel in 1802 to designate "a real double star - the union of two stars that are formed together in one system by the laws of attraction." At present, binary stars are classified into three types according to their observable properties: visual binaries, spectroscopic binaries, and eclipsing binaries....

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