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Contact: Christine Pulliam
cpulliam@cfa.harvard.edu
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Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Artist's Concept of Qatar-1b

Caption: The newly-discovered alien world Qatar-1b orbits an orange type K star 550 light-years from Earth. Qatar-1b is a gas giant 20 percent larger than Jupiter in diameter and 10 percent more massive. It circles its star once every 1.4 days, meaning that its "year" is just 34 hours long.

Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA)

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