MARK GARLICK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MARK GARLICK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Artwork of exoplanet 55 Cancri f seen from one of its moons. Cancri is a binary star system located 41 light-years away, made up of a sun-like (G-type) star and a much smaller and dimmer red dwarf. The two stars are extremely widely separated, however, with around 1000 AU between then. There are several planets here, but the one featured in this picture is 55 Cnc f. Announced to the world in 2005, 55 Cnc f is a likely a smaller gas giant exoplanet weighing in at around 0.14 times the mass of Jupiter, perhaps comparable to Neptune. In this depiction we see the planet in the sky of an imagined moon, which is covered in alien vegetation.
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