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    Lost in space: rogue planet spotted?


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    Post  Brook Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:42 pm

    Lost in Space: Rogue Planet Spotted?
    Orphaned world may help to explain how planets and stars form

    14 November 2012

    Lost in space: rogue planet spotted? Eso1245a

    Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope have identified a body that is very probably a planet wandering through space without a parent star. This is the most exciting free-floating planet candidate so far and the closest such object to the Solar System at a distance of about 100 light-years. Its comparative proximity, and the absence of a bright star very close to it, has allowed the team to study its atmosphere in great detail. This object also gives astronomers a preview of the exoplanets that future instruments aim to image around stars other than the Sun.


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