Saturday, 26 October 2013

Planet without Star

Detecting the faint and unique heat signature, a group of researchers has identified a new freely floating gasious planet which is not orbiting a star. The detection is made by wide-range field survey telescope of Hawaii Maui island.

Planet without Star

The rare cosmological event is observed 80 light years away from the Earth, the research team leader Michael Liu reported.

The baby planet is only 12 million years old and has a six times more mass than Jupiter. The newly detected exoplanet is dubed PSO J318.5-22.

The study report, which is recently published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, claims the object has planetary properties but lacks a host star.