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51 Pegasi b

(51 Peg b)
(first exoplanet found orbiting a main sequence star)

51 Pegasi b (51 Peg b) is a hot Jupiter of at least half a Jupiter mass, orbiting a G-type star, but close to the star with an orbital period of a little more than 4 Earth days. It was identified in 1995 using the radial velocity method and was the first extra-solar planet discovered that orbits a main sequence star. Its orbital radius and its mass are derived from the star's radial velocity variation and the star's mass suggested by its spectral type. Other planet characteristics ascribed to it are modeled based on these. Its radius is presumed to be larger than Jupiter due to the presumed high temperature. Characteristics:

(exoplanet,RV method,gas giant)
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~015.5pc50.4ly51 Pegasi b
Coordinates:51 Peg b

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