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The MindHut Guide to Visiting Exoplanets

By Becky Ferreira Jan 30, 2014

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Tau Boötis

If you get travel-sick easily, you might want to opt for an exoplanet closer to home. Could we suggest the gas giant Tau Boötis b, located a mere 51 light years away? It's so large that some posited it might actually be a failed star, but it's actually a really successful planet (if success = enormity). The thing is at least four times the mass of Jupiter! Like Corot-7b, Tau Boötis b never had the urge to leave the nest, and it orbits closely around its star.

What to bring: Hang-glider; gas masks; a map.

Tags: science, slideshows, nature, space, space travel, planets

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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