‘Rogue’ Planet Discovered Near Our Solar System

Artist’s impression depicting the free-floating planet CFBDSIR J214947.2-040308.9. Image Credit: ESO/L. Calçada/P. Delorme/Nick Risinger/R. Saito/VVV Consortium

Rogue planets – also known as free floating planets – are pretty intriguing. They are not orbiting a star but instead are wandering through the galaxy, having been either forcibly ejected from a solar system or having formed very early on in the Universe. While only a handful of these planets have been actually found, astronomers estimate these vagrant worlds could vastly outnumber stars. In fact, it’s been suggested there could be 100,000 times more rogue planets than stars in our Milky Way galaxy alone!

Check out the full article, courtesy of Universe Today at: http://www.universetoday.com/98478/new-rogue-planet-found-closest-to-our-solar-system/

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