"This discovery confirms a new class of planetary systems that could harbor life," said William Borucki, one of the Kepler principal investigators.
Nasa scientists at the Ames Research Center have announce an astounding discovery. Just a mere 200 light years away is a planet that orbits arounf two suns otherwise known as binarary stars.
This discovery was made last March but was published in the September 2011 issue of of the journal Science.
The planet known as Kepler-16b, is about the size of Saturn and is extremely cold. The surface is estimated to be about 100 to 150 degrees below Fahrenheit. The scientists are fondly refering to this planet as Tatooine after the fictional planet in the “Star Wars” films that has a double sunset.
Both suns are smaller then earths sun and the planet has a 229-day orbit around them. The two suns also have a 41-day orbit around each other.
Planet Kepler-16b is the 16th confirmed plant that has been discovered using the Kepler Telescope.