Reality Catches Up With Fiction: First Planet Discovered that Orbits Two Suns at Once
Sometimes the orange sun rises first. Sometimes it is the red one, although they are never far apart in the sky and you can see them moving past each other, casting double shadows across the firmament and periodically crossing right in front of each other.
The official name of the new planet is Kepler 16b, but astronomers are already referring to it informally as Tatooine, after the home planet of Luke and Anakin Skywalker in the George Lucas “Star Wars” movies, which also had two suns.
“Reality has finally caught up with science fiction,” said Alan P. Boss of the Carnegie Institution, a member of the research team.