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

November 14, 2012

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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!

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