'Orphan' Planet With No Sun Found 100-Light Years Away

November 14, 2012


Give it to me straight, is that where Dr. Manhattan is from or not?

A rogue planet with no star to orbit was recently discovered 100-light years away from earth. It's caused scientists to speculate that sunless planets are a lot more common than previously thought and realize a lot of planets run away from home at an early age and never return. "F*** warmth and growing plants -- I want it to be night time all the time," I imagine them saying before packing a little suitcase and climbing out the window on a bedsheet.

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 Wednesday. The planet cruises unbound through space relatively close to Earth (in astronomical terms), perhaps after being booted from its own solar system.

"If this little object is a planet that has been ejected from its native system, it conjures up the striking image of orphaned worlds, drifting in the emptiness of space," study leader Philippe Delorme of the Institute of Planetology and Astrophysics of Grenoble in France said in a statement.

Hoho, so they don't run away from home -- they get kicked out! That's like, way sadder. Now I feel bad. I didn't realize things were going to get this depressing. You should probably pour me a cocktail to cheer me up a bit. "You already have a drink." Yeah well it needs a friend. Back me up, Pluto. "So lonely."

Thanks to Bria, who agrees rogue planets are the coolest planets because they live by their own rules. Except gravity and stuff, they still have to follow those. That's just the man trying to keep you down!

  • elinor dandrea

    how is it this planets reason for being is that its an immature emotional rebel? This article would make me suspicious of science in general if this is the best they can do!

  • Dmaxxx

    DO NOT invite him/her into our group ! It will pull us away from our son and then we will be really cold too...

  • Nick Zewiski

    So we don't consider Pluto to be a planet, but this sunless world is? Yea that makes perfect sense to me...

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  • Gabriel Santos

    What if this is the answer to intergalactic travel and the planet actually doubles as a spaceship? If they have the same lifespan as us then their 1st generation obviously wouldnt be able to meet us but who knows, this could be a good story to write.

  • It's weird that there are planets just floating around sunless. I wonder what phenomena makes them be "ejected."

  • Orannis

    It was a major douche, and the other planets just got sick of it's shit.

  • Malcolm Reynolds

    Normally a planet orbits a star in a fairly regular orbit. Occasionally, another (usually larger) planet will pass by the first planet and offset its orbit, pulling it away from the star and ejecting it out of the solar system.

  • Tom Ackermann

    How do you spot something 100 light years away that has no star?

  • ODwanKenObi

    two words. Flux Capacitor.

  • GreyGanado


  • ODwanKenObi

    Looks like a serious case of blue balls from the constant tease of a star that never comes.

  • tayatayat

    ...starless planets. The Sun is our star.

  • eljefe

    This has to be a fake story. How would people get beach tans if that were true?

  • Adamant

    I can already hear the cries of Niburu from the Sitchin fans

  • GreyGanado

    I was just about to start crying. :D

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