Astronomers Find a Third Planet in This Weird 'Tatooine' Star System

Like the planet Tatooine from Star Wars, two suns — one bright, one dim and red— rise over the horizon of Kepler 47d. But unlike dry and sandy Tatooine, this planet's surface is gassy and indistinct. The system also holds two smaller planets; one planet closer to the double suns, and one farther out. Both lack a solid surface. If you visited in a spaceship, all the planets would be easy to spot because they're packed, along with their stars, into a space smaller than Earth’s orbit around the

Astronomers discover third planet in the Kepler-47 circumbinary system

Astronomers have discovered a third planet in the Kepler-47 system, securing the system's title as the most interesting of the binary-star worlds. Using data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, ...

Tue 16 Apr 19 from

New Planet Discovered in Two-Star ‘Tatooine’ Kepler-47 System

Astronomers have found a third planet in the Kepler-47 system dubbed Kepler-47d, and according to a new study, it is about seven times larger than Earth. In the study, a team of astronomers ...

Tue 16 Apr 19 from

Discovery! 3rd Planet Found in Two-Star 'Tatooine' Star System

A third world lurks in the two-star Kepler-47 system, and it's bigger than its two previously known siblings, a new study reports.

Tue 16 Apr 19 from

Third planet found hiding in ‘Tatooine’ star system

Years after two planets were discovered orbiting the binary star in Kepler 47, astronomers spotted a new planet sneak into view. It only adds to the system's many oddities.

Tue 16 Apr 19 from

Astronomers confirm third planet in Kepler-47 system

Astronomers have identified a third planet orbiting the binary star system Kepler-47.

Tue 16 Apr 19 from UPI

Global Challenge Launched to Build Exoplanet Data Solutions

London, UK (SPX) Apr 18, 2019 ARIEL, a mission to make the first large-scale survey of exoplanet atmospheres, has launched a global competition series to find innovative solutions for the ...

Thu 18 Apr 19 from SpaceDaily

University of Hawaii astronomer's planet prediction verified in Star Wars-like system

A team of astronomers, including Nader Haghighipour from the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, discovered a third planet in the circumbinary planetary system Kepler-47.

Wed 17 Apr 19 from Eurekalert

TESS discovers its first Earth-sized planet

Boston MA (SPX) Apr 17, 2019 NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, TESS, has discovered its first Earth-sized exoplanet. The planet, named HD 21749c, is the smallest world outside ...

Wed 17 Apr 19 from SpaceDaily


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