Astronomers detected a colossal new exoplanet that dwarfs Jupiter

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  • Astronomers discovered a massive distant planet orbiting star Kepler-88.
  • The planet is roughly three times the size of our own Jupiter, and around 300 times the mass of Earth.
  • At a distance of over 1,250 light-years from Earth, we’ll likely never visit it, but scientists can still study it from afar.
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The mighty Jupiter rules our solar system with an iron fist. Well, okay, it doesn’t really do anything like that, but it is considered the “king” of the planets in our system simply because it is indeed the largest. It was once hard to imagine a planet larger than Jupiter — which has storms that you could fit the entire Earth into — but exoplanet research has revealed that even Jupiter is a small fry compared to what’s out there.

Now, a new study published in The Astronomical Journal reveals the existence of a planet orbiting the distant star Kepler-88 that would put Jupiter to shame. With a mass equivalent to around 300 Earths and three times the mass of Jupiter, it’s a real giant and the undisputed king of its own little corner of space.

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