Rogue planets are wandering around the universe without circling around the star, but now scientists have found two of these free floating worlds.
For centuries, the existence of fraudulent planets was hypothetical. Since they are not close to the stars they light up, it is extremely difficult to spot them. Then came a technique known as gravitational microlensation.
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Using gravity microlensing, scientists find the planets to notice when a surprise planet breaks starlight from our point of view. The planet suddenly acts as a lens of starlight that is wrapped around it, as seen from Earth. The bigger planet, the greater the break.
This is not the most effective system. Some astronomers (such as Neil DeGrasse Tyson) estimate that billions of fraudulent planets are within the Milky Way. Although mankind has proved to be a great deal in the search for star-related explosions, scientists have identified only a dozen or so deceptively. This is what makes adding two more piles a big deal.
The planets are officially called OGLE-2017-BLG-0560 and OGLE-2012-BLG-1323, and we do not know many of them. Their names stem from the way they were discovered when trying an optical gravity line at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. The first can be anywhere from the size of Jupiter to the size of 20 Jupiters, while the latter is between the size of the Earth and Neptune. Nothing is known about how far they are from the solar system.
Scientists hope that the transit explant satellite research program, which will begin on April 16, will allow ecoplanets and fake planetary hunters a new advantage in learning more about mysterious bodies that clearly surround the solar system.