Astronomers have spotted a "rogue planet" - wandering the cosmos without a star to orbit - 100 light-years away. (via BBC News; image via ESO)

'Rogue planet' spotted 100 light-years away

Astronomers have spotted a "rogue planet" - wandering the cosmos without a star to orbit - 100 light-years away. (via BBC News; image via ESO)

Astronomers have found what is likely to be a rogue planet that is around 100 light years from our solar system, making it the closest free-floating planetary mass yet discovered.

Astronomers have found what is likely to be a rogue planet that is around 100 light years from our solar system, making it the closest free-floating planetary mass yet discovered.

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Three years ago, a mysterious object was observed drifting alone in interstellar space, 80 light-years from Earth. Much bigger than Jupiter but smaller than most stars, it was called a rogue planet, and now astronomers can confirm that the object is indeed a planet. PSO J318.5338-22.8603, or PSO J318.5-22 for short, is a large planetary object in the Beta Pictoris moving group. It has a mass of 8.3 times that of Jupiter and a temperature of about 1100 Kelvins. A detailed description of the…

Three years ago, a mysterious object was observed drifting alone in interstellar space, 80 light-years from Earth. Much bigger than Jupiter but smaller than most stars, it was called a rogue planet, and now astronomers can confirm that the object is indeed a planet. PSO J318.5338-22.8603, or PSO J318.5-22 for short, is a large planetary object in the Beta Pictoris moving group. It has a mass of 8.3 times that of Jupiter and a temperature of about 1100 Kelvins. A detailed description of the…

Planet CFBDSIR2149  Updated Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:39pm AEDT    Scientists believe planet CFBDSIR2149 could be the nearest free floating planet to Earth travelling alone through space.    ESO/L. Calda/P. Delorme/Nick Risinger/R. Saito/VVV Consortium.

Planet CFBDSIR2149 Updated Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:39pm AEDT Scientists believe planet CFBDSIR2149 could be the nearest free floating planet to Earth travelling alone through space. ESO/L. Calda/P. Delorme/Nick Risinger/R. Saito/VVV Consortium.

The Universe is amazing! Did you know this about Rogue planets?

Some stars capture rogue planets

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Astronomers have confirmed Fomalhaut b actually exists and have calculated its potential orbit. The results are stranger than scientists could have imagined, dubbing it a “rogue planet circling the Eye of Sauron".

Rogue Planet Confirmed Orbiting Around ‘Eye of Sauron’

Astronomers have confirmed Fomalhaut b actually exists and have calculated its potential orbit. The results are stranger than scientists could have imagined, dubbing it a “rogue planet circling the Eye of Sauron".

'Rogue planet' spotted 100 light-years away - BBC News

'Rogue planet' spotted 100 light-years away

'Rogue planet' spotted 100 light-years away - BBC News

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