Astrologers discover real-life Tatooine planet orbiting two suns
A SLICE of celluloid science fiction is now reality after astronomers revealed they have spotted a planet orbiting two suns.
The discovery was made by Nasa’s planet-hunting telescope Kepler.
Scientists who describe the find in today’s issue of the journal Science are calling the new planet Tatooine after the fictional body in the Star Wars films that boasts a double sunset.
The alien world, about the size of Saturn, is frigid and inhospitable. It orbits two stars 200 light-years from Earth.
Although there have been past hints of the existence of other planets that circled double stars, scientists said this is the first confirmation.
Kepler was launched in 2009 to find out how common other planets – especially Earth-like ones – are in the universe.