A planetary ring system 200 times the size of Saturn's

January 27, 2015 5:26 AM

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A planetary ring system 200 times the size of Saturn's

An extrasolar planetary ring system discovered in 2012 has now been determined to be much more massive than the one orbiting Saturn.

In 2012, researchers discovered, for the first time, a ring system outside the solar system. At 420 light years away, the system was spotted circling brown dwarf J1407b -- a planet orbiting star J1407 -- due to the unusual, unsteady light spotted during a 52-day eclipse.

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