Astronomers discover a bright, very young free floating gaseous planet analogue

Kendra Kellogg (right), Prof. Stan Metchev (left)

Kendra Kellogg (centre) with supervisor Stan Metchev (left); new planet 2M 1119-1137 (right image)

Astronomers from the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration at Western, led by graduate student Kendra Kellogg, have discovered one of the brightest and youngest free floating 'extrasolar giant gaseous planet analogues' (rogue planet) to date.  The newly discovered planet, designated 2MASS J1119–1137, is situated in the TW Hydrae association of young stars, residing approximately 160 light years from Earth.

The analysis was done using data from both ground-based telescopes as well as NASA's Wide-field Infrared Explorer (WISE).

[details at Western Media Relations] [Youtube video 360 degree tour of TW Hydrae Association]

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