Odd ‘rogue planet’ travels through space alone

  • Odd ‘rogue planet’ travels through space alone

Odd ‘rogue planet’ travels through space alone

The rogue body is almost large enough to be considered a gas giant planet and it offers researchers the opportunity to study these massive objects, shedding light on their magnetic realities.

A possible "rogue" planetary-mass over 12 times more massive than Jupiter has been found drifting alone through space around 20 light years away from Earth. A light year is equal to about 6 trillion miles.

"This object is right at the boundary between a planet and a brown dwarf, or 'failed star, ' and is giving us some surprises that can potentially help us understand magnetic processes on both stars and planets", said Caltech graduate student Melodie Kao, who led the study, in a statement. Although they're not planets, brown dwarfs are not massive enough to sustain nuclear fusion of ordinary hydrogen to helium - and therefore, are not technically stars either.

What's really special about that planet with the big long name is that it has a magnetic field 200 times stronger than even the mighty Jupiter. It was detected using US National Science Foundation's Karl G Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) telescope. The first brown dwarf was discovered in 1995, although they were first theorized in the 1960s.

Astronomers discovered a planet just beyond our solar system with many mysterious characteristics. Its young age meant that it was in fact so much less massive that it could be a free-floating planet.

It is these radio signatures emitted by the auroras of such rogue objects that allow researchers to detect them. The planet was previously mistakenly labeled in 2016 as a brown dwarf planet.

Recently, exoplanets which may be able to support life in conditions similar to those found on Earth have also been recently spotted.

On Earth, auroras are generated by interactions between its magnetic field and solar winds.

In our solar system the planets orbit the Sun but this enormous planet is going solo.

Brown dwarf masses are notoriously hard to measure, and at the time, SIMP0136 was thought to be an old and much more massive brown dwarf.

Kao added, "We think these mechanisms can work not only in brown dwarfs, but also in both gas giant and terrestrial planets". "This. object is exciting because studying its magnetic dynamo mechanisms can give us new insights on how the same type of mechanisms can operate in planets beyond our solar system", Kao said.