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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:40 AM

'Rogue planet' spotted 100 light-years away

Source: BBC

14 November 2012 Last updated at 11:03 GMT

'Rogue planet' spotted 100 light-years away

Astronomers have spotted a "rogue planet" - wandering the cosmos without a star to orbit - 100 light-years away.

Recent finds of such planets have suggested that they may be common, but candidates have eluded close study.

The proximity of the new rogue planet has allowed astronomers to guess its age: a comparatively young 50-120 million years old.

The planet, dubbed CFBDSIR2149-0403, is outlined in a paper posted online to appear in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20309762

Related: CFBDSIR2149-0403: a 4-7 Jupiter-mass free-floating planet in the young moving group AB Doradus ?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:27 AM

1. Kolob?

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Response to 33Greeper (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:16 AM

2. Kobol.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:05 PM

3. OMG! It's Xenu!!!

just kidding.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 04:56 PM

4. I think we should adopt it

We have room for one more.

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