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NASA: Are ‘Star Wars’ planets really out there?

Do water worlds like the planet Scaif in “Star Wars: Rogue One” actually exist in our galaxy? NASA runs down the prospects in a Tumblr post celebrating Star Wars Day.
Do water worlds like the planet Scaif in “Star Wars: Rogue One” actually exist in our galaxy? NASA runs down the prospects in a Tumblr post celebrating Star Wars Day. Lucasfilm - Walt Disney Studios

Desert planets. Ice worlds. Forest moons. Could they actually exist?

In a post to Tumblr on Thursday celebrating the unofficial Star Wars Day, also tagged as May the Fourth Be With You, NASA considers the question of whether the planets seen in the “Star Wars” films – or at least, similar planets minus the wookiees and lightsabers – might be found in our own galaxy.

Noting that astronomers have found more than 3,400 planets orbiting other stars, known as exoplanets, NASA reports that desert, ice and water worlds similar to Tatooine, Hoth and Scaif, are quite likely to exist among them. The post then gives a rundown of the best prospects discovered so far for each of the “Star Wars” planets.

For example, an icy, super-sized planet named OGLE-200-BLG-390Lb reminded scientists so much of the rebel base world from “The Empire Strikes Back” that they nicknamed it Hoth, NASA reports. What are the chances of your own favorite “Star Wars” planet having a twin in our own galaxy? Check out the Tumblr post.

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