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(The Conversation (Academic))   A new study of data from NASA's Hubble telescope shows that the distant star Fomalhaut b really is a massive exoplanet and squashes claims made last year that it was just a dust cloud. No snark here, just a pretty cool story   ( divider line
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2012-10-26 01:54:30 PM  
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darkmayo: Sooo.. how big is an exoplanet compared to the Sun?

An exoplanet is any planet orbiting a star other than the sun, so the range would be from about Mercury-sized to roughly 10 times the mass of Jupiter.This particular planet is at least as large as Mars and perhaps a few times the mass of Earth.
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