Blue Milk and Moisture Farms.

We’re not professional astronomers ourselves, so we couldn’t tell you why there seems to be a sudden bonanza of brand-new planets being discovered beyond our solar system. But guess what? They just found another one…and this one’s extra-special, as it’s what is called a “circumbinary planet,” meaning that it manages to orbit around two distinct stars at the same time.

In other words, it has two suns.

In other other words, it’s a bit like Luke Skywalker‘s home planet of Tatooine. As you might guess, this is especially exciting for our team of sci-fi aficionados.

Scientists tell us, unfortunately, that the planet designated Kepler-16b is uninhabitable, being situated closer to its stars than our system’s planet Mercury is to the Sun. We know that Luke and the rest of the rebels weren’t particularly fond of cold weather, but we doubt that even “a long time ago” such humanoids (not to mention Jawas, Banthas, or Womp Rats) could have survived days in heat that exceeded 650 degrees Fahrenheit.

Then again, way back then there were apparently massive space stations capable of destroying entire planets, so it’s reasonable to wonder if at one point Kepler-16b wasn’t within a much more comfortable environment. There might not be any way to know for sure, until we’re able to send a probe down to the planet and check for notable landmarks such as Beggar’s Canyon, the Great Pit of Carkoon, or perhaps even the ruins of Chalmun’s Spaceport Cantina.

Either that, or we can wait for George Lucas to tinker with the planet on the next Special Edition Blu-Ray Box Set Edition, after which we’re sure that the planet will be able to support life but nobody will be happy with the way it looks.

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