Planet Found With No Parent Star

Planet Found With No Parent Star

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A planet 130 light years from Earth has been spotted on its own. It’s a big planet probably about 5 times the mass of Jupiter. Otherwise known as homeless or rogue planets they have been seen in star forming regions before  but this is the first one outside of such a region. Without the glow of nearby stars the planet should be easier to study. These free-floating planets are thought to have been ejected from star systems in the past.

The faint blue dot in the crosshairs is the rogue planet.

Image credit: ESO/P. Delorme


Read more here


http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/11/121115-new-planet-space-brown-dwarf-artigau-science/

 


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