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Beta Pictoris star. This star is around 60 light years from Earth in the constellation of Pictor. It is a young star, only 12 million years old. It is surrounded by a dusty debris disc, with initial observations of the disc indirectly suggesting the presence of a planet. Later observations, done with the NACO (NAOSâCONICA) instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope in 2003, 2008 and 2009, confirmed the existence of this planet. It is at a similar distance from its parent star to Saturn's distance from the Sun. The planet is about nine times the mass of Jupiter. It is known as Beta Pictoris b. This image uses data from the Digitized Sky Survey 2.Restrictions:.
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