A double sunset

One of the most memorable scenes in the Star Wars series features Luke Skywalker on a dusty hill, watching a pair of suns set in tandem. Skywalker is standing on the fictional planet of Tatooine, but it turns out that similarly surreal sunsets are visible in reality – from the newly discovered exoplanet Kepler 16b, which orbits two stars.

A word of caution for any Earthlings hoping to glimpse a double sunset though: you’d need to travel for 200 light years first, and once you got there, you wouldn’t be able to stand on the planet itself – it is gaseous.

Still pretty cool! Learn more here, here, here or here.

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