Astronomers Discover Gigantic Rogue Planet
Huge Rogue Planet Discovered
Astronomers have released details about a newly discovered rogue planet roaming outside our solar system. The cosmic body is exceptionally large and has an unexplained magnetic aurora glow to it.
The rogue planet is drifting just outside our solar system and is estimated to be at least 12 times bigger than Jupiter.
The planet currently is not orbiting any sun and is dangerously drifting through space. It is the first planet-mass to be discovered using a radio telescope.
Not only is the planet of insane size, but also has an extremely powerful magnetic field which is challenging scientists to keep an open mind.
Dr. Melodie Kao, an astronomer from Arizona State University says that the rogue planet is just between being a planet and a brown dwarf. A brown dwarf is an object too big to be classified as a planet, yet does not a big enough mass to maintain a nuclear fusion of hydrogen within its core.
For anyone who is worried, this is not the legendary planet of Nibiru! At least, not that we know of yet!
The discovery of the rogue planet was made using the radio observatory at US-Based Very Large Array. It is estimated to be about 200 million years old and is drifting 20-light years away from our Sun.
Scientists who have discovered the extraterrestrial rogue planet have called it SIMP J01365663+0933473 – not Nibiru or Planet X. Although, planet Nibiru is much easier to remember, however, maybe it is obviously better they did not give this rogue planet the nickname from Sumerian legends.
The planet also has a beautiful aurora – similar to the aurora borealis here on Earth. Despite not having the solar winds that are usually associated with driving the Aurora, many planets like this have such beautiful natural wonders.
It was actually the radio signal produced by such an aurora that allowed astronomers to detect the wondering planet in the first place.
The magnetic field of the planet has been calculated to be at least 200 times stronger than that of Jupiter’s. Scientists are working on a theory to suggest that this is the reason why the cosmic body is able to sustain an aurora.
“This particular object is exciting because studying its magnetic dynamo mechanisms can give us new insights on how the same type of mechanisms can operate in extrasolar planets – planets beyond our solar system,” said Dr. Kao.
An Alien World
The research on the rogue planet, which was actually discovered a few years ago – but classified as a brown dwarf – has been published in The Astrophysical Journal.
Scientists and astronomers conclude that they now have a better understanding of rogue planets. They can now use radio signals to detect wondering planets that give off magnetic rays.
There is still much to be learned about these types of alien worlds. However, scientists remain hopeful and unlocking the mystery.
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