Astronomers have discovered a “rogue” planet floating in our galaxy, which is not disturbed by any sun.
The “free-floating” world is a little smaller than Earth, which makes it one of the smallest planets.
But it could be one of such galaxies in our galaxy, and scientists have suggested that they could even leave the stars in our galaxy behind.
Scientists took advantage of an astronomical phenomenon known as “gravitational microlensing” to see the planet, which revealed itself by diverting the light of more distant stars.
The result was an effect that resembles a giant magnifying glass, illuminating the background “source” star to reveal the presence of a large object object.
Gravitational microlensing is only possible when the astronomer’s telescope is in almost perfect alignment with the observed object object and source star.
“The possibility of microlensing observation is extremely slim because the three objects must be perfectly – the source, the lens and the approx.
The researchers examined data collected from the galaxy’s bulge microlensing survey, which is the central part of the galaxy.
They used a 1.3-meter Warsaw telescope at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile to collect data.
Researchers say the newly discovered planet is the smallest rogue world to date, with models showing that there may be a mass somewhere between Earth and Mars.
Radosla Poleski, co-author of the study at the University of Versailles’ Ron Stronomical Observatory, said: “When we first saw the event, it was clear that it was caused by a very small object object.
“We can rule out a planet with stars within about eight astronomical units.”
Astronomers believe that free-floating planets can form in the gaseous gas and dust revolving disks around the stars and have been removed from their parent planetary system after gravitational interactions with other bodies.
He says that by studying these objects, astronomers can learn more about the volatile past of planets such as the solar system.
An article describing the findings of ‘A Terrestrial-Mass Disease Planet Candidate Discovered in a Short-Term Microlensing Event’ is published today Astrophysical Journal Letters.
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