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In new 5-planet system, shades of homegrown giants

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Interactive visualization of the newly discovered planetary system, which includes several gas giants that orbit a bright, hot F-type star.

A space telescope with a new lease on life has revealed a previously unknown five-planet solar system some 380 light-years away from Earth.

And each of the new planets is a bruiser—two are more than twice the size (by radius) of Earth, one the size of Neptune, one just shy of Saturn-sized and one the size of Jupiter. They were discovered last year using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, according to a paper published June 27. Kepler is now in an extended mission, called K2, after a malfunction ended its first mission in 2013, and after engineers found a way to extend the life of the space telescope.