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Beta Pictoris b

(β Pic b)
(super Jupiter discovered in 2008)

Beta Pictoris b (β Pic b) is an extra-solar planet discovered through direct imaging using SPHERE, that orbits about 9 AU from well-known A-type star, β Pictoris (Beta Pictoris). At 13 Jupiter masses, β Pic b is right on the edge of the mass range for brown dwarfs, so its classification is "on the line". As a directly-imaged object, data from observing it is useful in modeling apparently-similar objects orbiting closer to their hosts, both exoplanets and brown dwarfs. Characteristics:

(exoplanet,gas giant,direct imaging)
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~019pc63lyBeta Pictoris b
Coordinates:β Pic b