Newfound 'Tatooine' Alien Planet Bodes Well for E.T. Search
by Charles Q. Choi, SPACE.com Contributor
Date: 04 September 2012 Time: 07:00 AM ET
An artist's illustration of the alien solar system Kepler-47, a twin star system that is home to two planets. The planets have two suns like the fictional planet Tatooine in the "Star Wars" universe.
CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle
The planet, known as Kepler-47c, is a gas giant and therefore probably not suitable for life as we know it. But its existence hints that smaller, rockier worlds may inhabit other two-star systems' habitable zones —that just-right range of distances where liquid water can exist.
And that's important, because there are a lot of binary systems out there, scientists say.
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