For the first time in history, scientists have discovered a planet with two Suns, using a never-before-used technique.

Gravitational microlensing occurs when planets are so massive that they bend time and space around it. Using this phenomenon, a rare undiscovered planet has fallen into our line of vision.

The planet in question is OGLE-2007-BLG-349Lc, in a star system approximately 8,000 lightyears away from our very own Earth.

This artist’s illustration shows a gas giant planet circling a pair of red dwarf stars in the system OGLE-2007-BLG-349, located 8,000 light-years away. The Saturn-mass planet orbits roughly 300 million miles from the stellar duo. The two red dwarf stars are 7 million miles apart. Credits: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

When the planet moved between its stars and our Earth, its gravity was able to distort the light of the stars, assisting astrophysicists and astronomists in finding it. Analysis of the warped light brought them to one unanimous conclusion; that this gargantuan planet has two Suns of its very own, resembling the fictional planet of Tatooine from the beloved Star Wars world.

This gargantuan planet resembles the idea of the fictional planet of Tatooine from Star Wars.

Without the phenomenon of gravitational microlensing, scientists would have never been able to find this amazing planet.

Read more about this intriguing planet here.

This revelation opens up new doors in the world of astronomy; how many other planets can we discover using the same mechanism? What more lies just beyond our vision? How long until we can find it, too?


by Imaan Khasru