"Orphan" Alien Planet Found Nearby without Parent StarSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 11/14/2012 - 22:54
"Orphan" Alien Planet Found Nearby without Parent Star
The massive exoplanet, which is likely four to seven times the size of Jupiter, is just 100 light-years from Earth
By Mike Wall and SPACE.com
Space :: TechMediaNetwork :: November 14, 2012
Astronomers have discovered a potential "rogue" alien planet wandering alone just 100 light-years from Earth, suggesting that such starless worlds may be extremely common across the galaxy.
The free-floating object, called CFBDSIR2149, is likely a gas giant planet four to seven times more massive than Jupiter, scientists say in a new study unveiled today (Nov. 14). The planet cruises unbound through space relatively close to Earth (in astronomical terms), perhaps after being booted from its own solar system.