Nasa discovers ‘Star Wars-like’ planet orbiting two suns

Nasa: August 11, 2015: Astronomers have come up with a discovery of a Star Wars-like a planet orbiting a habitable zone of a pair of stars. This planet ranks the 10th among the exoplanets found by the NASA’s Kepler Mission.

This new planet being named Kepler-453b is observed in the habitable zone of two stars where the presence of life forms can be discovered.

Stephen Kane, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy from San Francisco State University, had come up with this remarkable discovery.


'Star Wars-like' planet found orbiting two stars

He eventually reported that if the planet had to be observed before or later within the discovery period, then they might not have discovered the planet at all.

With this finding, it is evident that there are certainly new planets out there having life forms. It’s just that they are seeing it at the wrong time.

Scientists do detect the exoplanets by calculating the reduction in the starlight as the planets revolve around its host star and planet Earth.

This way of calculating the transition process is known as the Transit Method. Since the Kepler-453b is been attracted by the gravitational pull of the two stars, the orbit seems more like a top spinning at a good momentum.

During the transition period, Kepler-453b had blocked around .5 percent of the starlight of its host star, and this helped the scientists to measure the radius of the planet. The planet, it seems, is around 6.2 times the radius of Earth and is about 60 percent larger in size than Neptune.

The residents on this planet can see two suns orbiting each other in the sky much like planet Tatooine in the Star Wars movie.

The biggest sun of the planet is around 94 percent the size of our sun, whereas the smaller one comprises of only 20 percent of our sun.

The energy emitted is also quite small, around one percent of what we have here on Earth. This new exoplanet does seem to orbit its stars in 240 days.

With the discovery, researchers and scientists are looking for different habitable planets that can be found within the Kepler system.

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