Astronomers Spot Gigantic Rogue Planet Near our Solar System

Astronomers Spot Gigantic Rogue Planet Near our Solar System

Astronomers discovered a planet just beyond our solar system with many mysterious characteristics.

They're dubbing it "rogue" because it's mysteriously "drifting" through space without any kind of orbit around a parent star.

A odd 200 million-year-old object with the mass of a planet has been discovered 20 light-years from Earth, outside our solar system. The planet is skirting the boundaries of our solar system - just 20 light years from Earth - and may prove to be an invaluable source of astronomic knowledge.

A brown dwarf is an object too large to be a planet, but isn't big enough to sustain the nuclear fusion of hydrogen in its core that is typical of stars.

"This particular object is exciting because studying its magnetic dynamo mechanisms can give us new insights on how the same type of mechanisms can operate in extrasolar planets - planets beyond our Solar System".

The rogue plant also features a surface temperature of 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit, compared to negative 234 degrees Fahrenheit on Jupiter and 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit on the sun.

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"They [the surprises] can potentially help us understand magnetic processes on both stars and planets".

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.

The object is one of five supposed brown dwarfs located by the Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope in New Mexico in 2016.

This newly found planet, which borders a brown dwarf, has a magnetic field more than 200 times stronger than Jupiter's. Its fields are between 16 and 54 times more powerful than earth's and around 200 times more powerful than Jupiter's.

The planet is believed to have scorching surface temperatures of around 825C. After being determined to be much younger and smaller than initially thought, SIMP may be classified as a planet, and not a brown dwarf.

The odd object was discovered in 2016 and originally believed to be a very old brown dwarf. The auroras are similar to those on Earth that happen when our magnetic field interacts with solar wind. On Earth, colorful auroras are produced from the interaction of its magnetic field and solar wind. In 2001, VLA uncovered the first signs of radio flaring in a brown dwarf leading to further observations that confirmed that some of these bodies did indeed have strong auroras.

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