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Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope revealed a planet about 16 AU from a star whose mass is the same as our Sun’s mass. How long does it take the planet to orbit the star?

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    Since the star's mass equals that of the sun, you can use the same form of Kepler's third law that applies to our solar system.

    P^2 = a^3

    In the above formula, P is the period in years and a is the distance from the star in a.u.

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    P^2 = (16)^3 = 4096
    P = 64 years

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