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NASA scientists discover new giant planet 'super-Jupiter'

The "super-Jupiter" Kappa Andromedae b, shown here in an artist's rendering, circles its star at nearly twice the distance that Neptune orbits the sun. (NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/S. Wiessinger)
November 20, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Scientists say they have discovered a giant planet outside of our solar system that is about 13 times the size of Jupiter.

Astronomers have named the giant planet "super-Jupiter". The planet circles a star that is two and a half times the mass of the sun and is located 170 light years away from Earth.

Scientists say the star is about 30 million years old, which is relatively young compared to the sun which is about 5 billion years old.

The new photo was snapped by a telescope in Hawaii.

CNN contributed to this report.


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