May the 4th be with NASA: Space agency goes deep on 'Star Wars' day

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It's Star Wars Day

If you're NASA, you seize every opportunity to chime in about pop culture -- which means going all out for space movies, and the intergalactic holiday known as May the 4th.

In honor of this year's Star Wars day, NASA has posted a list of real planets so fascinating and unfamiliar that they seem right out of the Star Wars universe.

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Since it's NASA, the post is meticulously researched for similarities and parallels to the most famous locations in that fictitious galaxy far, far away. Entries include:

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May the 4th be with NASA: Space agency goes deep on 'Star Wars' day

Mimas: A moon of Saturn that resembles the Death Star, crater and all

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Kepler-452b: This planet resembles Coruscant, not necessarily in appearance but in the fact that it's 1.5 billion years old and could have equally advanced technology.

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CoRoT-7B - This planet is over 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit!
Kepler-16b - Orbits twin stars like Luke's home planet of Tatooine, but is too cold to be inhabitable.

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Kepler-16bOrbits twin stars like Luke's home planet of Tatooine, but is too cold to be inhabitable.

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OGLE-2005-BLG-390: A "cold super-Earth," actually nicknamed Hoth

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Kepler-22b: This mysterious planet has all the enigma of Kamino, the planet that gives rise to the Clone army. 

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Gas Giants: In "Star Wars," a gas giant called Bespin is home to a “Cloud City” actively involved in atmospheric mining.

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Exomoons: Endor, the forested realm of the Ewoks, orbits a gas giant. Exomoon detection is still in its infancy for scientists on Earth.

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The full post of planet descriptions and images can be found on NASA's Tumblr, along with an introduction to gas giants (Cloud City) and exomoons (Endor), which circle planets outside our solar system.

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