Astronomers discover 'rogue' planet a mere 75 light years away

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Astronomers discover rogue planet CFBDSIR2149 a mere 75 light years away — not to be confused with Melancholia, of course, which is hiding behind the sun and will soon ruin weddings and kill us all in slow motion.

I find this whole thing amazing.

It wasn’t that long ago that the only planets we knew of orbited the Sun. The first exoplanets—planets orbiting other stars—were found in the early 1990s, and now we know of hundreds of them!…And now here’s one close by that doesn’t even have a star to call its own. It’s incredible.

H/t to Ghost in the Machine (so nice to have you back!)

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