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NASA Spacecraft Discovers Planet Orbiting 2 Suns, Just Like Star Wars
CBS ^ | September 15, 2011 6:24 PM | Matt Bigler

Posted on 09/16/2011 9:18:07 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

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MOUNTAIN VIEW (CBS SF) – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Kepler spacecraft has found a planet that orbits two stars just as Luke Skywalker’s home world does in the Star Wars movies, NASA announced Thursday.

An orange sun and a red sun that actually orbit each other define daytime on Kepler 16b, the 21st planet outside our own solar system discovered by  planet hunter.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

The resemblance between the newest exo-planet and the fantasy world Tatooine envisioned by George Lucas ends on the horizon, said scientists at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View.

Kepler 16b is a cold, gaseous planet similar to Saturn.

(Excerpt) Read more at sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: exoplanet; kepler16b; tatooine; xplanets

1 posted on 09/16/2011 9:18:11 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: SunkenCiv

fyi


2 posted on 09/16/2011 9:19:00 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: KevinDavis

PING


3 posted on 09/16/2011 9:24:03 AM PDT by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

4 posted on 09/16/2011 9:29:52 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

bttt


5 posted on 09/16/2011 9:31:22 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The tidal forces on those planets must be enormous. Also bet that the orbits are not stable. Hot for a while and cold for a while.


6 posted on 09/16/2011 9:34:36 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

NASA handout image shows an artist's concept of the circumbinary planet Kepler-16b - the first planet known to definitively orbit two stars. [Photo/Agencies)
7 posted on 09/16/2011 9:40:19 AM PDT by Cardhu
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I was on another site which someone said let me know when they find a wookie. Here ya go.
8 posted on 09/16/2011 9:53:56 AM PDT by MCCC
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To: MCCC
Thanks Earnest, you just made me swallow a whole cup of coffee at once, cup and all.

If it wasn't too early for me to see something like that, I'd be at the zoo.

9 posted on 09/16/2011 10:10:38 AM PDT by DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
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To: MCCC
Thanks Earnest, you just made me swallow a whole cup of coffee at once, cup and all.

If it wasn't too early for me to see something like that, I'd be at the zoo.

10 posted on 09/16/2011 10:10:51 AM PDT by DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
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To: MCCC

What was that? Sorry Earnest, meant that for MCCC


11 posted on 09/16/2011 10:12:37 AM PDT by DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Sometimes I wish I could have been born about 100 years in the future. Just imagine what we will find when we finally get out there to some of these systems. Meteorites made of solid gold-platinum-palladium. Planets with 10 moons visible in the night sky. Planets where there are Lobsters the size of Elephants and plenty of Lemons and Butter. And Hush Puppies.


12 posted on 09/16/2011 10:31:02 AM PDT by albionin
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To: glorgau

Sky and Telescope article says the orbit is stable, at least on a time scale of millions of years, or else it wouldn’t be around today. Tidal forces would be an interesting topic. The planet’s orbit is about 3 degrees off the orbit of the two stars, and is precessing smartly, as you might expect. In a few years, it will only transit one of the two stars and then neither, until it comes back in 2047. I can’t wait. (The nodes of the orbit will no longer fall along the line of sight to the Earth.)

As to tides, one would expect that objects in close proximitity and so deformable to be tidally locked. The motion of the planet around the stars would be quite non-keplarian, as the two lumps moved around their mutual center of gravity, but I think this would cause considerable liberation, but not a whole lotta tides. Anyway, you raise an interesting point.


13 posted on 09/16/2011 10:36:52 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: MCCC

Na, that’s the bloodsucking creature from that one Star Trek episode.


14 posted on 09/16/2011 10:57:32 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
If it wasn't too early for me to see something like that, I'd be at the zoo.

ROTFLMAO. After that pic I'll probably never go to a zoo again.

15 posted on 09/16/2011 11:52:33 AM PDT by Digger (T)
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To: Jack Hydrazine; ELS; TheOldLady; Oiao; nepppen; Vaquero; originalbuckeye; Kevmo; LuvFreeRepublic; ..
Note to self.. Make sure to get SPF 9000 when visit a system with two suns..




16 posted on 09/16/2011 3:18:59 PM PDT by KevinDavis (What has Ron Paul done in Congress??)
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To: SoldierDad
Na, that’s the bloodsucking creature from that one Star Trek episode.

Spot on!

17 posted on 09/17/2011 6:55:32 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: JoeProBono

"...Use the FORKS"

18 posted on 09/17/2011 7:00:38 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Vaquero

19 posted on 09/17/2011 7:13:29 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

When I first saw Star Wars in 1977 (1977??! Has it bneen that long?), I thought those were moons.


20 posted on 09/17/2011 6:07:07 PM PDT by ixtl (You live and learn. Or you don't live long.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; KevinDavis; annie laurie; Knitting A Conundrum; Viking2002; Mmogamer; ...

Thanks Ernest_at_the_Beach and KevinDavis.
 
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21 posted on 09/17/2011 10:08:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Aha! So maybe Star Wars *did* occur in a galaxy far, far away.

;-)


22 posted on 09/18/2011 7:28:21 AM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Vaquero

The one on the right is more attractive, though!


23 posted on 09/19/2011 8:28:46 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: SoldierDad

Yes the one on the right was made up for one episode. The one on the left actually walks among people like that!!!!! LOL


24 posted on 09/23/2011 11:40:49 AM PDT by MCCC (Owning a gun and saying you are armed is like owning a piano and saying you are a musician.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Josey Wales: “Yeah, well, I always heard there were three kinds of suns ....., sunshine, sunflowers, and sons-of-b.....”


25 posted on 09/23/2011 11:44:45 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!...P.S. Why did FR ZOT Frantzie?)
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