Out There in the Blackness of Space…

…scientists have discovered a planet.

Long a staple of science fiction, rogue planets are likely the result of catastrophic orbital disturbance throwing them out of the system which created them and into open space. It’s long been theorised that they exist, and even that there are quite a lot of them, but now there is direct proof.

Going by the catchy name of PSO J318.5-22, it’s 80 light years away, pretty big, and very young. It’s also kind of fascinating.

Read more:

http://www.sen.com/news/newborn-planet-found-drifting-alone-in-space

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PSO_J318.5-22

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