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A HUGE planet outside the Milky Way is being referred to as the new “king” or “empress” of its solar system.
The newly discovered exoplanet is more than 1,250 light-years away and it’s three times the mass of Jupiter.
Dr. Lauren Weiss, one of the researchers who found the planet, said: “At three times the mass of Jupiter, Kepler-88 d has likely been even more influential in the history of the Kepler-88 system than the so-called King, Kepler-88 c, which is only one Jupiter mass.
“So maybe Kepler-88 d is the new supreme monarch of this planetary empire – the empress.”
Six years’ worth of data from W. M. Keck Observatory in Maunakea, Hawaii, was used to make the discovery.
This is because the previously discovered Kepler 88-b and Kepler 88-c planets are known for having bizarre and short orbiting patterns.
Kepler 88-d’s discovery will add to the understanding of its star system and how a massive planet affects it.
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