Thursday, 10 August 2017

Rogue Planets: Not as Plentiful As We Thought

Rogue Planets: Not as Plentiful As We Thought

Astronomers know that there are rogue, Jupiter-sized planets roaming the galaxy on their own, without a star to call home. But how many dark and lonely planets are out there? Six years ago, a study found that they might be so abundant, they outnumbered the stars two to one. The result had implications not only for how these dark planets might form, but also for the general messiness of the early years of planet formation.

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