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Sci-fi fantasy becomes reality as planet found

James Hider in Houston

Published 17/09/2011 | 05:00

A slice of celluloid science-fiction is now reality. Astronomers say they have spotted a planet orbiting around two suns.

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The discovery was made by Nasa's planet-hunting telescope Kepler.

Scientists, who describe the find in today's issue of 'Science' are calling the new planet Tatooine after the fictional body in the 'Star Wars' films that boasts a double sunset.

The alien world, about the size of Saturn, is frigid and inhospitable. It orbits two stars 200 light years from Earth.

Kepler was launched in 2009 to find out how common other planets are in the universe.

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