Universe Guide

Rogue Planet Discovered

Scientists have revealed that they have discovered a planet out there in the cosmos. In brief, a rogue planet is one that doesn't orbit a star but free floats within the galaxy. The planet is referred to as PSO J318.5-22, a name that so easily rolls off the tongue. 1. The planet was discovered by scientists from Edinburgh University using a telescope in Chile. The planet was discovered in the Capricornus constellation if you want to go looking for it yourself. If you are tempted to look for it, you'd need a powerful telescope as it won't be visible by the naked eye. The planet is quite nearby, a mere 80 light years away compared to say the Tadpole Galaxy.

It is described as being a giant Jupiter gaseous planet rather than one like our own rocky type planet. The planet is estimated to be about 800 degrees celsius so another reason why there won't be any alien civilisations living there. It is in the Beta Pictoris group of stars and a mere 12 million years ago whereas our own planet, Earth is about five billion years old. Artist impressions of what the planet may look like show it as a violet/purple colour. 2

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