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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Free-Floating Planets May be More Common Than Stars

Astronomers, including a NASA-funded team member, have discovered a new class of Jupiter-sized planets floating alone in the dark of space, away from the light of a star. The team believes these lone worlds were probably ejected from developing planetary systems.


The discovery indicates there are many more free-floating Jupiter-mass planets that can't be seen. The team estimates there are about twice as many of them as stars. In addition, these worlds are thought to be at least as common as planets that orbit stars. This would add up to hundreds of billions of lone planets in our Milky Way galaxy alone.

Read the entire article on NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's website HERE!

Just think of all the planets that are wandering around out there... and what they might be home to...

Nah. Too farfetched.


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At 5/20/2011 9:11 AM, Blogger Coolguy 2004 said...

My favorite are these science entries. It gets the mind's wheels turning 'round!



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