When i saw MST3K's episode on Crash of Moons, i assumed it was just another old movie full of made up science. Who ever heard of a planet that just flies around space instead of orbiting a sun?
Well, color me wrong. The writer of that Rocky Jones, Space Ranger totally knew what they were talking about.
Free-floating planets are planetary-mass objects that roam through space without any ties to a star. Possible examples of such objects have been found before , but without knowing their ages, it was not possible for astronomers to know whether they were really planets or brown dwarfs -- "failed" stars that lack the bulk to trigger the reactions that make stars shine.
I dunno why they have to call it a "rogue" planet, though. Mebbe it got ejected because it was the only honest planet in a corrupt solar system. We shouldn't judge before we know all of the facts.
By min | November 15, 2012, 11:33 AM | Science