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Artwork of planet orbiting Gliese 677C

Artwork of planet orbiting Gliese 677C

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MARK GARLICK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MARK GARLICK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Gliese 677 is a triple star system in Scorpius, some 22 light-years from Earth. The two central stars, 677A and 677B, orbit each other with a separation of around 12 astronomical units. Meanwhile, a third star, 677C, orbits this central pair much further out, around 230 AU away. Gliese 677C has two confirmed exoplanets in orbit around it, and several others have been claimed. This illustration imagines the scene from a rocky planet in orbit around Gliese 677C.

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