Artwork of planet around binary Kepler-35

Artwork of planet around binary Kepler-35

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Credit: MARK GARLICK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Artwork of a planet around the binary star Kepler-35. Kepler-35 is a binary system consisting of two early K-type main-sequence stars. Each is very similar in mass and diameter to the Sun, but they are somewhat more orange. They orbit their common centre of mass at an average distance of just 0.18 AU (about half the Sun-Mercury distance), taking 20 days to complete one orbit. Scientists have found a Jupiter-class planet in orbit around the binary, at a distance of 0.6 AU, taking 131 days to complete a full circuit. It is only 70% the size of Jupiter and has about 13% of its mass.

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Keywords: artwork, astronomy, exoplanet, extrasolar, jupiter, kepler, kepler-35, main sequence, orange, orbit, planet, space, star

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