Scientists Spot Massive Rogue Planet Just Outside Solar System

Scientists Spot Massive Rogue Planet Just Outside Solar System

Scientists Spot Massive Rogue Planet Just Outside Solar System

The rogue body is almost large enough to be considered a gas giant planet and it offers researchers the opportunity to study these massive objects, shedding light on their magnetic realities.

Dubbed SIMP J01365663+0933473, this peculiar exoplanet has baffled astronomers because it seems to be floating around without being attached to a parent star, which qualifies it as a "rogue", notes the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. They say the new world is 200 million years old and 20 light-years from Earth.

The planet, which is 12 times as large as Jupiter, sits around 20 light years away from Earth.

Dr Melodie Kao, an astronomer at Arizona State University said as per a report by Independent, "This object is right at the boundary between a planet and a brown dwarf, or "failed star", and is giving us some surprises that can potentially help us understand magnetic processes on both stars and planets".

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According to a working definition laid out by the IAU Working Group on Extrasolar Planets, a brown dwarf as an object that is too small to produce hydrogen fusion, the dominant process that generates energy in stars, but is still large enough for deuterium fusion, a lower temperature process vital to newly forming stars. This finding is the first radio telescope finding of an object the mass of a planet found outside the Solar System.

And it's not just the magnetic mechanism that's leaving scientists with questions right now - there are plenty of other mysteries about the object, which scientists first discovered in 2016.

Nevertheless, we still can't figure out how brown dwarf stars get auroras, considering they're nowhere near any type of stellar winds.

Artist's conception of SIMP J01365663 0933473, an object with 12.7 times the mass of Jupiter, but a magnetic field 200 times more powerful than Jupiter's.

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Auroras on Earth are created when charged particles from the Sun interact with Earth's magnetic field. Astronomers agree that the difference can be drawn as the line below which deuterium fusion is no more possible, known as the "deuterium-burning limit", it stands at around 13 Jupiter masses.

It also boasts scorching surface temperatures of around 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit.

The unusually strong magnetic field "presents huge challenges to our understanding of the dynamo mechanism that produces the magnetic fields in brown dwarfs and exoplanets and helps drive the auroras we see", said Caltech's Gregg Hallinan.

The object is what scientists call a brown dwarf.

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