The new study was published today in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. The team of researchers detected CFBDSIR2149’s infrared signature by using the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, and they also examined the body’s properties with the European Southern Observatory’s Telescope in Chile. [Video: Rogue Planet Has No Parent Star]
It is an object simply free floating in space and it is probably almost four to seven times bigger than Jupiter. The study leader Philippe Delorme, has also found that it looks to be part of a stream of young stars called the AB Doradus moving group; letting scientist conclude that these stars all formed together between 50 million and 120 million years ago, which makes the newly found planet to be relatively young; that is if it is associated to this AB Doradus group.
Scientists have also concluded that if the planet, CFBDSIR2149 is the age they think it is then they also conclude it to be at an average temperature of 806 degrees Farenheit.
Research isn’t finalized yet, but if it is not a planet as they consider it to be, then it could then be a brown dwarf. Philippe Delorme told SPACE.com, “With a good distance measurement and a more accurate proper motion, we will be able to increase (or decrease) the probability that it is indeed a planet.”