An international team of astronomers has discovered an exotic young planet that is not orbiting a star. This free-floating planet, dubbed PSO J318.5-22, is just 80 light-years away from Earth and has a mass only six times that of Jupiter. The planet formed a mere 12 million years ago, a newborn in planet lifetimes.
"We have never before seen an object free-floating in space that looks like this. It has all the characteristics of young planets found around other stars, but it is drifting out there all alone," explained team leader Dr. Michael Liu of the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. “I had often wondered if such solitary objects exist, and now we know they do.”
The discovery paper of PSO J318.5-22 is being published by Astrophysical Journal Letters and is available at http://arxiv.org/abs/1310.0457.
Image: Artist’s conception of PSO J318.5-22. Credit: MPIA/V. Ch. Quetz
shoot me into space so i can hug this planet
OMG I CANT STOP LAUGHING
beau made bread but i took pics to make it look like I made the bread ;) trolled
also that is a dishwasher
A selection of Backgrounds from the Steven Universe episode: Coach Steven.
Art Direction: Elle Michalka
Design: Steven Sugar, Emily Walus
Paint: Amanda Winterstein, Jasmin Lai
Coach Steven was such a fun episode to work on – one of my favorites from the season! I did the communication hub designs, Emily and I teamed up all the beach/gym shots, Jasmin and Amanda did a fantastic job (as always) with paint, all under Elle's wonderful art direction! Great work, you guys!!!
longcat is incorruptible it’s just a cute cat picture. it’s not racist like shoop da woop, it’s not sex shit like ceiling cat, it doesn’t rely on deception or dishonesty like rick roll, and it conveniently predates the nauseating monetisation of cute cat pics by cheezburger network
longcat is just long