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December 1, 2006

Jupiter-like Planet

An artists rendering of the three planets orbiting the sun-like star 55 Cancri. The outermost planet has four times the mass of Jupiter and orbits 5.5 AU from the star, making it similar to our own Jupiter around the sun. In the coming decade, more Jupiter analogs will likely be discovered.

To learn more about the discovery of this new planetary system, see the July 13, 2002, University of California, Berkeley, press release "Astronomers Discover First Planet in Jupiter-like Orbit Plus Smallest Planet Outside Solar System." (Date of Image: 2002)


Credit: Artwork by Lynette Cook

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