Astronomers discovered a planet just beyond our solar system with many mysterious characteristics.
When astronomers are searching the depths of space for new objects it's typically easier to find undiscovered planets if they're orbiting a star.
The planet is only around 20 light years from Earth, but it's not really doing much besides relaxing in the vastness of space.
The massive planet is 20 light years away from Earth.
SIMP 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", said Melodie Kao, who helmed the study while she was still a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology. Brown dwarfs, hard to categorise, are too huge to be classified as planets and not big enough to be classified as stars. As reported by Naked science, the mass of an object exceeds the mass of Jupiter is 12 times, he has a very powerful magnetic field.
A stray "planet" outside the solar system is baffling astronomers with its unusually large size and surprisingly strong magnetic field.
However, the supermassive exoplanet or brown dwarf possesses a significant magnetic field by 200 times more potent than Jupiter and has a surface temperature of approximately 825 degrees Celsius. Such objects were first theorized in the 60s but were first identified in 1995.
Brown dwarfs can produce strong auroras as well, but the cause behind them is unclear because they don't have solar wind from nearby stars.
Journal Reference: "The Strongest Magnetic Fields on the Coolest Brown Dwarfs", by M. Kao et al.in the Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series.
Artist's conception of SIMP01365, an object with 12.7 times the mass of Jupiter, but a magnetic field 200 times more powerful than Jupiter's.
The planet is believed to have scorching surface temperatures of around 825C.
The recently discovered planetary mass was originally found in 2016 but was mistaken for a brown dwarf planet.
Though this makes brown dwarfs really puzzling, the team believes further observation of this object could provide more insight into the formation of auroras.
This rogue planet, and some brown dwarves are known to have auroras of their own despite lacking solar winds.