K2-261 is a star with 1.1 times the mass of the Sun, and 1.65 times its radius. It is located 695.64 light years away from the solar system and is estimated to be 8.8 billion years old, as compared to the Sun which is roughly 4.6 billion years old.
K2-261 is known to have 1 exoplanets in orbit around it.
K2-261 b was discovered by the K2 observatory, in 2018-11, using the transit method. Its semi-major axis is 0.10 astronomical units, as compared to Earth's which is 1 astronomical unit. The mass of K2-261 b is 70.914 times the mass of Earth. The radius of K2-261 b is 9.528 that of Earth. At more than 50 Earth masses, K2-261 b is a gas giant, a planet whose mass is mostly made up of hydrogen and helium, like Jupiter and Saturn in our solar system.