SOFIA is an 80/20 partnership of NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), consisting of an extensively modified Boeing 747SP aircraft carrying a 2.7-meter (106 inch) reflecting telescope (with an effective diameter of 2.5 meters or 100 inches). The aircraft is based at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, Calif. The SOFIA Program Office is at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., which manages SOFIA's science and mission operations in cooperation with the Universities Space Research Association (USRA; Columbia, Md.) and the German SOFIA Institute (DSI; University of Stuttgart).

Twisted Magnetic Fields Can Reveal How Protobinary Systems, Tatooine Planets Form

A subset of polarization vectors are overlain atop a Spitzer Space Telescope image of Lynds 483.

by Anashe Bandari

Tatooine is real. Well, sort of. Circumbinary planets – planets that orbit around two stars, like the fictional Star Wars planet Tatooine and its two suns – exist in the universe, and are sometimes referred to as Tatooine planets.

Diagrams showing Moretus crater with water

Orthographically rectified images of average flux (a) and emission peak height (b). Credit: Honniball et al. 2022

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