A Lonely Giant, Far Away From Its Parent Star

A team of astronomers has found a gigantic exotic world, until now believed to be a “rogue planet” or a “free-floating planet”—a planet not connected to a star—in a colossal orbit around its star.

Incredibly, the object, 11.6 to 15 times as massive as Jupiter, is about 622 billion miles from its star—about 7,000 times the distance from Earth to the Sun. At such an enormous distance, it takes roughly 900,000 years to complete one orbit, which would mean that it has completed less than 50 orbits over its lifetime.


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