Nowhere to Hide: Elusive Small Rogue Planet Candidate Detected in the Depths of Space

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Since planets such as the one that was discovered do not orbit any host star, scientists had to employ some not-so-traditional methods to spot it.

A team of astronomers from Poland has announced the discovery of the smallest of the Earth-sized “rogue planets”, ie planets that do not orbit a star directly, to date, SciTechDaily reports.

According to the media outlet, such free-floating planets cannot be detected via traditional methods since they do not orbit a host star, but researchers from the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) project managed to achieve this feat by employing microlensing.

The discovery of the “shortest-timescale microlensing event ever found”, designated OGLE-2016-BLG-1928 and which has the timescale of 42 minutes, was reported by scientists on 29 October.

Sourse: sputniknews.com

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