oh hey look a locket from when I was little!
i wonder whats inside i-
*touches ground* that feel… there’s no gf here, we have to look elsewhere
An international team of astronomers has discovered an exotic young planet that is not orbiting a star. This free-floating planet, dubbed PSO J318.5-22, is just 80 light-years away from Earth and has a mass only six times that of Jupiter. The planet formed a mere 12 million years ago, a newborn in planet lifetimes.
"We have never before seen an object free-floating in space that that looks like this. It has all the characteristics of young planets found around other stars, but it is drifting out there all alone," explained team leader Dr. Michael Liu of the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. “I had often wondered if such solitary objects exist, and now we know they do.”
The discovery paper of PSO J318.5-22 is being published by Astrophysical Journal Letters and is available at http://arxiv.org/abs/1310.0457.
Image: Artist’s conception of PSO J318.5-22. Credit: MPIA/V. Ch. Quetz
Sometimes you just wanna draw the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Hoping that I can somehow channel the geekdom for this movie out of my body and into something productive.
Seriously. Holy shit did I love this movie.
Tonight’s Gender of the Night is: Linda the lake monster