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Mini Planetary System (Artist Concept)

(Image credit: NASA/ JPL-Caltech)

This artist's concept depicts an itsy bitsy planetary system -- so compact, in fact, that it's more like Jupiter and its moons than a star and its planets. The star, which is located about 130 light-years away in the Cygnus constellation, is what's called a red dwarf. It's one-sixth the size of the sun, or just 70 percent bigger than Jupiter. The star is also cooler than our sun, and gives off more red light than yellow.The smallest of the three planets, called KOI-961.03, is actually located the farthest from the star, and is pictured in the foreground.

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