Monday, May 24, 2021

A "Star Wars" planet looking like Tatooine probably exists about 3800 light years away (Petrov)



Remember planet Tatooine in the first Star Wars movie in 1977, with the gay bar scene with all kinds of creatures hanging out together?

Anton Petrov explains that planets that orbit two binary stars completely may be more likely to be habitable than we had thought, as long as there are no Jupiters in the system disrupting the orbits.

He says there is one such system 3800 light years away that might have a habitable Tatooine. 

The planet would have a sunrise and sunset with two suns close together (although one might arrive on the horizon in morning before the other).  Wikipedia binary sunset is here. 

Picture: Hotel Sididriss in Tunisia, Skywalker’s home, Wikipedia embed, click for attribution

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