Scientists discover "rogue planet" outside solar system

Scientists discover

The new discovery can make boffins believe that they may have a novel way of detecting and finding exoplanets, including rogue ones that are hard to identify since they are not orbiting a parent star like the planets do in our solar system. In addition, the object is "outcast", that is, traveling in space without being bound to any star.

It's thought that SIMP J01365663+0933473 is only 200 million years-old and is just 20 light-years away from Earth. She said that SIMP "is giving us some surprises that can potentially help us understand magnetic processes on both stars and planets".

Brown dwarves are much too large to be called planets but also too small for the fusion of hydrogen in its core, which is a primary function of stars. It is 12 times bigger than Jupiter and has a very odd feature: it does not orbit any star.

It's believed that the magnetic dynamo mechanisms of this particular space object will help scientists discover more planets beyond our solar system using auroral radio emissions.

While we now have limited visibility of celestial objects situated outside our solar system, new advanced telescopes are in making, and they will allow us to further analyze and observe space phenomena.

"Given its size, this object is just at the edge between a planet and a brown dwarf".

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The odd object was discovered in 2016 and originally believed to be a very old brown dwarf.

Located in New Mexico, at an altitude of 6,969 ft, Karl G. Jansky's Very Large Array (VLA) is a radio telescope that is part of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory network. And according to a recently published study in The Astrophysical Journal, this unusual, nomadic world has an incredibly powerful magnetic field that is some 4 million times stronger than Earth's.

In addition to providing the first radio detection of the object's magnetic field, VLA also provided the field's first measurement.

The surprising find is peculiar because it could be a planet or a brown dwarf.

Studies that followed it demonstrated that certain brown dwarfs display strong auroras, similar to the ones seen in the Solar System's giant planets.

SIMP was first detected in 2016 as one of five brown dwarfs, but it was later believed to be something else after astronomers collected more data to identify its age.

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