Wednesday, October 26, 2005

TriStellar planet discovered, or Tatooine Lives!

Here are a few articles on this new planet that was discovered over the summer.
A newly discovered planet has bountiful sunshine, with not one, not two, but three suns glowing in its sky.

It is the first extrasolar planet found in a system with three stars. How a planet was born amidst these competing gravitational forces will be a challenge for planet formation theories."


But this is the best part here:
Caltech astronomer Dr. Maciej Konacki, who wrote the research article, refers to the new type of planets as Tatooine planets, because of the similarity to Luke Skywalker's view of his home planet by the same name, with its multiple suns, in the original Star Wars film."


There is also a fat daddy artist rendering animation of a hypothetical view from one of this planet's moons here.


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