Exoplanet PSO J318.5-22

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PostThu Oct 10, 2013 10:44 am » by Vertigo


so here we have it, planets can exist all alone in the universe :cheers:

PSO J318.5-22 is a confirmed,[2] directly-imaged[3] extrasolar object and candidate planet that does not appear to be orbiting a star. It is approximately 80 light-years away, and belongs to the Beta Pictoris group of stars. The object was discovered in 2013 in images taken by the Pan-STARRS PS1 wide-field telescope. The object's age is inferred to be 12 million-years, the same age as the Beta Pictoris group.[4]


src: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PSO_J318.5-22

see also:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_planet

A rogue planet — also known as an interstellar planet, nomad planet, free-floating planet or orphan planet — is a planetary-mass object which has either been ejected from its system or was never gravitationally bound to any star, brown dwarf or other such object, and that therefore orbits the galaxy directly.

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