Planet 3,000 Times as Large as Earth Found


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Astronomers have discovered a second planet orbiting Beta Pictoris in out Galaxy.


Beta Pictoris is the second brightest star in the constellation Pictor. It is located 63.4 light years from the Solar System, and is 1.75 times as massive and 8.7 times as luminous as the Sun.


The planet is about 3,000 times more massive than Earth.


The new planet, b Pictoris c, completes its orbit roughly every 1,200 days.


Beta Pictoris is estimated to have a mass nine times that of Jupiter.