Astronomers made another amazing discovery. They found a strange planet that has its own glow. The planet is massive and it appears to be drifting without having an orbit. The planet has been named SIMP J01365663+0933473.
This discovery comes after scientists discovered a star that devoured a planet. The Chandra X-Ray Observatory allowed scientists to observe a star that swallowed two infant planet which collided into each other before falling to the rotating disk of the star.
The discovery was made using the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array telescope in New Mexico. There are many unusual things about this planet. First of all, its size is “right at the boundary between a planet and a brown dwarf, or ‘failed star,’ and is giving us some surprises that can potentially help us understand magnetic processes on both stars and planets,” explained Melodie Kao, Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at the Arizona State University.
Brown are the space objects that are too large to be considered planets. They are also known as “failed stars” because if they were a bit larger they could sustain nuclear fusion of hydrogen within their cores, which is what stars do. The planet is 12 times larger than Jupiter and its magnetic field is 200 times stronger.
SIMP also comes with powerful auras which are quite similar to the northern lights. Scientists first detected the planet back in 2016, but back there it was considered a brown dwarfs. Later on astronomers managed to collect more information about it.
SIMP is 20 light-years away from our planet it is believed that it is 200 million years old. Since it is smaller than it was believed, SIMP is now considered a planet. The surface temperature of it reaches 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit.