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A distant rocky exoplanet has gone one better than that of Tatooine, Luke Skywalker’s home planet in “Star Wars,” the great is depicted as two suns in the sky.
Researchers at the Harvard Center for Astrophysics, used NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Satellite Survey (TESS) telescope to spot a planet LTT 1445, A, b, and a three-star rating.
“As the planet continues to be in what is likely to be in a stable orbit around the star, the star also orbits at a greater distance, two of the brothers or sisters of the stars are locked in a tight orbit around each other,” said NASA in a statement.
SCIENTISTS HAVE FOUND THE RARE, “TATOOINE”, TWO STARS, PLANET,
LTT 1445 b is located about 22 light-years away from Earth. The use of a light-year measures distance in space is equal to 6 trillion miles.
An Artist’s impression of Proxima b, which, like the recently-discovered exo-planet LTT 1445, A, b, and also three of the stars in the sky.
The planet was described as being “overheated” by the us, which notes that the LTT 1445 b is about 1.4 times the size of Earth. LTT 1445 (A is b’s parent star is LTT 1445 A.
“LTT 1445 (A, b, it takes only five days to go once around its star, a “year” on this planet,” said NASA. “The scorchingly close a job, it helps to explain why the surface and basks in temperatures in the order of 320 degrees Fahrenheit (160 degrees Celsius), which is comparable with the one in the oven.”
NASA A GLIMPSE AT THE SURFACE OF A DISTANT ROCKY EXOPLANET
This is not the first time that a planet is more than a one-star rating has been found. NASA notes that our nearest exoplanet neighbor, Proxima, b, and also three of the stars in the sky. Proxima b (orbits Proxima Centauri is 4.25 light-years away from Earth, which in turn orbits Alpha Centauri A and B.
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By 2016, experts at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and San Diego University, used the Kepler space telescope to spot Planets-1647 (b, a planet with two suns in the Constellation Cygnus.
Fox News is the ” Grace Williams contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers