Astronomers Discover 'Orphan' Planet With No Sun

October 10, 2013

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Seen here looking suspiciously like the entrance to a wormhole, astronomers using the Pan-STARRS 1 wide-field survey telescope in Maui, Hawaii, have discovered a gas giant planet 80-light years from earth that doesn't orbit a star. It's just out there floating all alone in the dark, probably cold and scared. *bundles planet up in blanket* There, there, planet -- we'll find you a good home.

Planets traditionally travel in a uniform, singular direction, around a star. However, the free-floating planet, named PSO J318.5-22, has been found without a host.


PSO J318.5-22 was detected 80 lightyears away from Earth and it is estimated to have a mass six times that of Jupiter.

Astronomers believe it formed 12 million years ago, and is considered a newborn in planetary terms - Earth is thought to be around 4.5 billion years old.

'We have never before seen an object free-floating in space that that looks like this.

'It has all the characteristics of young planets found around other stars, but it is drifting out there all alone'

So -- you think this planet ran away from home? That's my guess. I bet this guy was in a solar system with a bunch of other brother and sister planets but they always picked on him for being so gassy so he packed up his moons and hit the road. He probably thought he'd settle in a new solar system, not knowing space is mostly just vast expanses of f***ing nothing. You goofed, bro (but I will let you stay on my couch until you can get back on your feet).

Thanks to nic1141 and Lydia, who both agreed if they were planets they would be rogue planets too because they aren't gonna live their lives by some sun's rules.

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