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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Astronomers Find "Homeless Planet"

A ‘homeless planet’ which floats through space without orbiting a star had been discovered for the first time.

Scientists have speculated on the existence of such a planet and have been trawling the night skies for more than a decade, although the hunt was described as looking for a ‘needle in a thousand haystacks’.

The isolated planet, which astronomers believe may have been flung away during its formation, is not tied by gravity to a star and in
[sic] 100 light years away.

. . . The planet is called CFBDSIR2149 and appears to be part of a group of very young stars known as the AB Doradus Moving Group.

It is between 50 and 120 million years old, with a temperature of approximately 400 degrees celsius, and weighs four to seven times that of Jupiter.

The study’s findings support theories that suggest these kinds of isolated objects are more common than currently believed.

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