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The Planet of 79 Ceti

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Credit:        John Whatmough
Image Number:        053
Created:        2000
Available Resolution:        1280x1024

79 Ceti b was one of the first extrasolar planets discovered with a mass similar to Saturn. This planet has an eccentric orbit slightly smaller than that of Mercury. Too close in for white water vapor clouds to form, but too far out to glow red from stellar heating, the surface of this world is a nearly featureless blue due to Raleigh scattering. The planet is accompanied by its host of rocky moons and dusty rings.

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