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70 Virginis B planet

70 Virginis B planet

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CHRIS BUTLER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CHRIS BUTLER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Virginis B planet. Computer illustration of the giant extrasolar planet 70 Virginis B seen from the surface of a hypothetical moon. The planet orbits around 70 Virginis, a Sun-like star which lies 59 light years from Earth in the constellation Virgo. The presence of this huge planet, with a mass 6.6 times that of Jupiter, was inferred from the wobble its orbit imparts to the star's motion through space. Virginis B has a highly eccentric orbit, travelling around its star in just under 117 days at an average distance of around 64 million kilometres.

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