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This Is the Binary Star Planet We Were Looking For

have confirmed what it seemed inevitable: a planet orbiting a binary star. It's no Tatooine but a Saturn-sized gas planet twisting around two stars about 1.5 and 4.5 smaller than our Sun.


The stars orbit around each other every 41 days, while the planet—boringly called Kepler-16b—completes one orbit every 229 Earth days. According to the discovery, they share the same orbital plane, which indicates that they formed from the same spinning disk of matter. [Science via MB]

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Please take this article back and re-write. I know you can do better.

Also, I'm confused by their reasoning that sharing an orbital plane suggests a common origin - surely two points orbiting each other will always share a plane... in a same way that any two points can be connected by a straight line but this doesn't suggest any relationship between them.