TV News LIES

Tuesday, Aug 30th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Science Lonely planet without a star discovered wandering our galaxy

Lonely planet without a star discovered wandering our galaxy

PLANET WITHOUT A STARAn exotic young planet free-floating through the Milky Way galaxy rather than orbiting any star is practically a newborn in cosmic terms, astronomers say.

Dubbed PSO J318.5-22, the planet without a host star is 80 light-years away from Earth and has a mass only six times that of Jupiter. It formed a mere 12 million years ago, researchers said -- a newborn in planet lifetimes.

It was identified from its faint, unique heat signature by telescopes in Hawaii, and found to have properties similar to those of gas-giant planets found orbiting around young stars.

"We have never before seen an object free-floating in space that looks like this. It has all the characteristics of young planets found around other stars, but it is drifting out there all alone," research team leader Michael Liu of the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii said. "I had often wondered if such solitary objects exist, and now we know they do."

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Cracking an ice cold case: Nearly 3.2 million years ago, Lucy died. Now we know how.

Lucy died 3.2m years agoTalk about cracking a cold case: Nearly 3.2 million years ago, Lucy died. Now we may...

Researchers confirm astronomical nature of ancient Scottish stones

Stonehenge For the first time, researchers have confirmed the astronomical accuracy of Britain's earliest stone structures....

Discovery of potentially Earth-like planet Proxima b raises hopes for life

Proxima BThe search for life outside our solar system has been brought to our cosmic doorstep with...

Super telescope finds hundreds of previously undetectable galaxies

Galaxies discoveredA South African radio telescope has revealed hundreds of galaxies in a tiny corner of the...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!