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"Tatooine" Discovered by South African Astronomers

 
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"Tatooine" Discovered by South African Astronomers
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The discovery by doctors Stephen Potter and Encarni Romero-Colmenero and collaborators, if confirmed, would be an example of a "really strange" planetary system, the SAAO said.
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"The two stars ... a white dwarf and a red dwarf, are so close that they take only a couple of hours to orbit each other and would fit comfortably within our Sun.
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The astronomers were also able to infer that the masses of the two [orbiting] planets must be at least six and eight times that of Jupiter and take 16 and five years respectively to orbit the two stars.
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Re: "Tatooine" Discovered by South African Astronomers
so what does this mean? what is a binary star system?
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Re: "Tatooine" Discovered by South African Astronomers
so what does this mean? what is a binary star system?
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A binary star system is a solar system in which has two suns.
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Re: "Tatooine" Discovered by South African Astronomers
so what does this mean? what is a binary star system?
 Quoting: Beautifoolish_Girl


A binary star system is a solar system in which has two suns.
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how close to ours?
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Re: "Tatooine" Discovered by South African Astronomers
so what does this mean? what is a binary star system?
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A binary star system is a solar system in which has two suns.
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how close to ours?
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How close is this star system to ours? I wouldn't know.
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Re: "Tatooine" Discovered by South African Astronomers
Well, I'm not sure how much of this info is actually new and attributable to the astronomers mentioned in the original article, as this (UZ For) has been studied for over a decade:

[link to iopscience.iop.org]
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Re: "Tatooine" Discovered by South African Astronomers
Still new news to myself and I'm sure many others.

I'm not yet seeing how far away this system is.
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Re: "Tatooine" Discovered by South African Astronomers
Here's some info on binary stars:

[link to en.wikipedia.org]

Interestingly, the animation of an eclipsing binary system undergoing mass transfer on that page is quite similar to the system in this article.

And in regards to the possibility of our own system being a binary system: [link to www.binaryresearchinstitute.org]
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Re: "Tatooine" Discovered by South African Astronomers
blue star?
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Re: "Tatooine" Discovered by South African Astronomers
This is it Folks, End Time Prophecy unfolding before our very eyes.
uhoh
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This is it Folks, End Time Prophecy unfolding before our very eyes.
uhoh
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baby

Would we call that doomtard-tardism?
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Re: "Tatooine" Discovered by South African Astronomers
OH wait, I forgot - if it's posted here it's supposed to be "doom implied", yes?

My bad ;)





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