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The first confirmed binary star found to have a planet revolving around both stars (a circumbinary planet, the previous one was uncertain and detected using astrometry). It is often compared to the Tattoine of Star Wars. It is a Saturn sized world thought to be of rocky and gaseous composition. It is at Venus-like distance from the center of gravity, but because the stars are so dim, lies outside the habitable zone and is a cold world.

Kepler 16 System Web Pages

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Circumbinary Planet Discovered (Sep 2011)

About Discoverer (2011)

Year in Review (2011)

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