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Proper Name(s)None
Bayer DesignationNone
Flamsteed Number70 Virginis
HR (BSC)5072
Right Ascension13h 28m 26s
Declination+13° 46' 44"
Distance59 light years
18 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +5.0
Absolute: +3.7
Spectral ClassG5 Yellow Dwarf
Planets in this system70 Virginis b, gas giant
Optimum VisibilityApril / May
Notes70 Virginis is orbited at a distance of less than half an AU by a massive gas giant planet designated 70 Virginis b. Beyond that planet lies a disc of dust orbiting the star at a distance roughly comparable with that of the Asteroid Belt within the Solar System.

70 Virginis is a yellow dwarf star similar in its physical properties to our own Sun. It has a distant binary companion and was one of the first stars known to possess a planetary system. This seems to consist of a single gigantic planet with almost seven times the mass of Jupiter, known colloquially as 'Goldilocks'.


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