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An astrological discovery that would make Luke Skywalker a little homesick is making waves this week — a faraway planet has been found to have two suns.
A team of experts used the NASA Kepler space telescope to discover the planet, which orbits around two large stars — similar to Tatooine, the fictional home of Skywalker in the Star Wars films.
In this case, however, the discovery doesn’t get the Hollywood treatment in terms of a name. Its name is the far more prosaic Kepler-16b.
This image provided by NASA taken by one of the Expedition 27 crew members aboard the International Space Station shows the space shuttle Endeavour as the two spacecraft made their relative approach on Wednesday May 18, 2011.