A gigantic planet, thought to be Jovian in structure, but with about seven times the mass of
Jupiter. It orbits the nearby yellow star of 70 Virginis in a somewhat closer orbit than the Earth's around the Sun. 70 Virginis b was at first nicknamed 'Goldilocks' on the basis that it might support liquid water, or even life, among its moons. More recent discoveries have made that possibility seem remote, and the 'Goldilocks' planet is now thought to be too hot for liquid water or life after all.
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