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Tatooine-Like Planet Kepler-47, Orbiting Two Suns, Discovered

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Tatooine-Like Planet Kepler-47, Orbiting Two Suns, Discovered
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"Star Wars" fans around the world are most likely overjoyed, for the force is with them.

The planet's peculiar character was determined by its "multiple transits" across its suns.

"In contrast to a single planet orbiting a single star, the planet in a circumbinary system must transit a 'moving target.' As a consequence, time intervals between the transits and their durations can vary substantially, sometimes short, other times long," said Jerome Orosz, associate professor of astronomy at San Diego State University and lead author of the paper.

"The intervals were the telltale sign these planets are in circumbinary orbits."