Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Earth-like planets orbiting Alpha Centauri


Habitable rocky planets are likely to have formed in the Alpha Centauri system, a trio of stars 4.37 light years, or 25.8 trillion miles, away, a study has shown. Astronomers say if such worlds exist they could be detected using a dedicated telescope.


Anyone standing on a planet orbiting Alpha Centauri B would see two "suns" in the sky, a bright "primary" sun and a "secondary" sun which would be much weaker but still many times brighter than the full moon as seen from Earth.

Just like Luke Skywalker's planet.


Anonymous said...

That is cool, although both the suns of Tantooine (phonetic) were about the same brightness.

Danny from Milwaukee said...

I also imagine there were more sand people on Tantooine.