(CNN/UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER) — Using powerful optics, scientists have discovered a planet-like body with rings 200 times the size of Saturn’s. U.S. and Dutch astronomers say J1407b lies some 400 light-years away from Earth.
This is the first time such a system has been spotted outside of our solar system. Researchers say if J1407b were in our solar system it would dominate Earth’s nightly sky. The astronomical discovery was actually made in 2012, but detailed analysis of its data was recently completed and published.