A new discovery has been made in the scientific world, one that captures our attention. A new planet, which is 12 times bigger than Jupiter, has been discovered outside our solar system by astronomers. Not only its size is impressive, but also the fact that the planet is not orbiting any star. The new research was published in the Astrophysical Journal.
What we know about this giant planet
Based on what is known so far, scientists believe that the planet is 200 million years old and it is drifting through space around 20 light-years away from Earth. This massive rogue planet does not seem to be attached to any star and it is the first such object to be discovered so far using a radio telescope. The planet is rotating around the galactic center in the interstellar space.
Astronomers mentioned that only a few rogue planets have been discovered until now and according to them, there could be many more such cosmic bodies hiding in the universe, waiting to be discovered, even though at the moment finding such an object is a rare event.
The planet has been observed before
The newly discovered distant planet is not actually something new to the astronomers. It was initially observed in 2016, however, it was thought to be a brown dwarf planet. Now, as stated in the new research, it is thought that the cosmic object is a planet, with an enormously strong magnetic field.
The astronomers mentioned that the planet’s magnetic field is 200 times stronger than that of Jupiter and most probably this is the reason why it was detected by the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), a large radio telescope in New Mexico. The mysterious auroras of the planet, or rather their radio signature, is what allowed the scientists to identify the planet, but for now it is still not known how these auroras are formed.
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