Hardcore X-Ray Death from Massive Binary Star System

You are looking right into the burning, hydrogen gas-shrouded heart of one of the biggest star nurseries that Earth astronomers have ever seen. This image was created by the European Organization for Astronomical Research (ESO), and shows part of the Gum 29 region, which researchers say is probably about 1-2 million… » 10/21/08 10:48am 10/21/08 10:48am

Tatooine Could Be Real, but Needs a Jovian Neighbor Scientists Say

Luke Skywalker's home planet, which orbits a binary star system, could be out there, according to Ryosuke Kita of Northwestern University, who presented this morning at the Astrobiology Science Conference 2008. Of the 200 or so star systems where we've found planets, about 20 percent are binary systems, and that… » 4/16/08 1:40pm 4/16/08 1:40pm