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Watch an agonizingly short video of an exoplanet orbiting a star

This painfully short video is the best look we've ever gotten at a planet orbiting a star outside our Solar System. It was made from a series of images taken by the Gemini Planet Imager in Chile from November of 2013 to April of 2015, and shows just a fraction of the planet's 22-year orbital period around its parent star.

Now before you scoff at the low resolution and brevity of the video, consider this: the planet, known as Beta Pictoris b, which is a gas giant planet 10 to 12 times the size of Jupiter, is located more than 60 light years away from us (that's 3.52709989 x 1014 miles). If you traveled as fast as the New Horizons spacecraft the fastest object ever launched off the Earth it would still take you over one million years...

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