For Fun and Science: The Biology, Ecology and Geology of Tatooine

Seven science bloggers took a crack at Star Wars' planet Tatooine last week, exploring real-life issues like megafauna, apex predators, water cycles and evolution through the lens of the desert world featured in 5 out of 6 Star Wars films. » 7/28/14 11:40am 7/28/14 11:40am

Computer models show how Tatooine-like planets with two suns form

Over the past several years, astronomers have discovered a number of planets within so-called circumbinary systems, including Kepler-34(AB)b — a planet reminiscent of Star Wars' Tatooine. Now, using computer models, scientists have finally figured out how these planets can form in such gravitationally hostile… » 2/03/14 7:40am 2/03/14 7:40am

Scifi characters invade Tatooine, Where's Waldo-style

Mos Eisley becomes the nexus of all science fiction realities in this giant print from artist Ulises Farinas. How many out-of-place characters can you find? » 2/18/12 2:30pm 2/18/12 2:30pm

A planetary map of the entire Star Wars universe

Say you're on Mustafar and need to swing by Endor to pick up an illicit shipment of Ewok chitterlings. Where do you go? This map from Star Wars: The Essential Atlas will show the way. [Entertainment Weekly, thanks Ryernl!] » 1/15/11 7:30am 1/15/11 7:30am

Photos of Mars...on Earth...in Tunisia

Chott El Jerid is a salt-encrusted seasonal lake in southwestern Tunisia. The Europlanet project, a consortium of universities devoted to finding earthly environment similar to other planets and moons, has designated the area an earthbound Mars. » 5/25/10 5:00pm 5/25/10 5:00pm

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