WASP-42 is a star with 0.95 times the mass of the Sun, and 0.89 times its radius. It is located 578.25 light years away from the solar system and is estimated to be 4.4 billion years old, as compared to the Sun which is roughly 4.6 billion years old.
WASP-42 is known to have 1 exoplanets in orbit around it.
WASP-42 b was discovered by the SuperWASP observatory, in 2012-08, using the transit method. Its semi-major axis is 0.06 astronomical units, as compared to Earth's which is 1 astronomical unit. The mass of WASP-42 b is 167.586 times the mass of Earth. The radius of WASP-42 b is 12.576 that of Earth. At more than 50 Earth masses, WASP-42 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.