back to article DOCTOR WHO world, or Magrathea, SPOTTED* orbiting twin suns

Astroboffins have spotted a real-universe analogue of Doctor Who's Time Lord home world Gallifrey - or alternatively the luxury-planet-builders' planet Magrathea of Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy fame - spinning in space around twin suns. And one of them is in a sweet spot distance from its stars to allow life to inhabit it …


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  1. Neil Barnes Silver badge

    Old news...

    Arthur: “I’ve never seen anything like it in my wildest dreams. The two suns … it was like mountains of fire boiling into space”

    Marvin: “I’ve seen it. It’s rubbish.”

    1. Drat
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      Re: Old news...

      Would make a great place for a restaurant though!

  2. SwedishCodeMaffia
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    That's it!

    That's where Elvis is hiding

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    "47c is just slightly larger than Uranus..."

    Why do lines like that make me snigger?

    1. Anonymous Coward 15

      Re: "47c is just slightly larger than Uranus..."

      "Uranus is a gas giant"

  4. Tony 34

    "The twin suns of Soulianis and Rahm ... !"

    "Or whatever," said Ford quietly.

    "Soulianis and Rahm!" insisted Zaphod.

  5. Silverburn

    The spacecraft had found a Tatooine-style world - one planet orbiting two suns as seen in Star Wars last year -

    Last year...and the year before that. And the year before that. And...

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    "slightly larger than Uranus"

    Fnar fnar!...

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    And in honour of those brave ones bowing a large cymbal on TOTP while someone gives it beans with the psychedelic effects on the cameras-

    Landscape - From the Tea-rooms of Mars .... to the Hell-holes of Uranus

    also included Einstein A Go-Go, and the radio record charts rundown theme-tune New Religion

  8. Steve Evans

    Don't be silly...

    You can't find Magrathea by just waving a telescope about... The odds of finding it that way are almost infinitely improbable.

    1. Trygve Henriksen

      Re: Don't be silly...

      You mean, like in a million-to-one chance?

      I think it has been proven that those luck out 9 times out of 10...

    2. Ol'Peculier

      Re: Don't be silly...

      Yes, but if something is infinitely improbable, it must be finitely probable....

  9. Dalek Dave

    There is another planet

    Of course it cannot be Gallifrey, as any fule no, Gallifrey is in the constellation of Kasterborous, not Cygnus.

    And what of it's other sister planet, Karn?

    The Sisterhood will get you!

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: There is another planet

      Stars aren't IN constellations - it's just a direction, it depends where you are standing

      It might be in Cygnus for us and Kasterborous from there.

      ... I can't believe I bothered to write this....

  10. Scott 19

    Sorry had to comment.

    It's the book sitting in my bog on top of the toliet paper at the moment, Mr Dents just riding round with slartibartfast. Brilliant book.

    Although El Reg is becoming more like the Vogons each day. I'll get my coat unless the mods have a poem for me.

  11. Arachnoid

    Cant be Gallifrey as it was destroyed in the time wars

    1. Silverburn

      But you forget the light speed effect. Yes, it was destroyed, but back here on Earth we can still see it.

      Given it's 250m light years away, we've got a long wait until we on Earth can see it actually being destroyed.

      Light speed - and reality - is such a bummer.

  12. Sceptic Tank
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    That small star could have been a Jupiter sized planet once. Before the monoliths got hold of it, that is. Let's send to investigate and sing when he gets there. (Us sing, not him).

    <<< Fly me to the moon and....

  13. Spoonsinger


    You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy...

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