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A New Planet discovered orbiting an infant star in Milky Way Galaxy

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A team of astronomers led by Anne-Marie Lagrange published research in Nature’s Astronomy about the discovery of a new planet orbiting the Beta Pictoris showing evidence of a new budding planetary system. Located 63.4 light-years away from our Solar System, Beta Pictoris is a star which is part of the Beta Pictoris moving group. Following the nomenclature of the first planet discovered in the system, the new planet has been named Beta Pictoris c.

The planet completes its orbit around the star in about 1,200 days and is about 3000 times bigger than Earth. This newly discovered planet is almost similar to that of Beta Pictoris b that was discovered by Langrange’s team in 2009, which is a gas giant.

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