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SDSU astronomers help reveal secrets of the universe.

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New Planet Is Largest Discovered That Orbits Two Suns

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Tenth Transiting "Tatooine"

SDSU researchers announced the discovery of the 10th circumbinary planet—a planet that orbits two stars.

    About Kepler-1647 b Discovery

    A team led by astronomers from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and San Diego State University used the Kepler Space Telescope to identify a new planet, Kepler-1647 b, that orbits a two-star system. It is the largest such planet found to date, and also has the longest orbital period. The discovery was announced June 13, 2016 in San Diego at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

    Kepler Discovery in the News

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    Discovery News
    Wall Street
    U-T San Diego
    Associated Press
    National Geographic
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    Previous Kepler Discoveries


    Jan. 11, 2012: Using data from NASA’s Kepler Mission, SDSU astronomers announced the discovery of two new transiting “circumbinary” planet systems – planets that orbit two stars.

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