The Discovery Of 'Monster Planet' Stuns Scientists, They Don’t Even Think It’s A Planet
Science and Technology
On 13th November 2017
The researchers said:
"Since the existence of the brown dwarf desert is the signature of different formation mechanisms for stars and planets, the extremely close proximity of OGLE-2016-BLG-1190Lb to this desert raises the question of whether it is truly a ‘planet’ (by formation mechanism) and therefore reacts back upon its role tracing the galactic distribution of planets.”
The planet is quite far away, at approximately 22,000 light years, so it's not exactly something we can go and check, but further observations could help clarify the object’s status, and potentially help redefine how science thinks about low-mass stars, brown dwarfs, and oversized exoplanets.
On 9 January 1992 Aleksander Wolszczan and Dale Frail announced the discovery of two planets orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12, generally considered the first detection of exoplanets (a planet outside our solar system that orbits a star). Since then, Nasa reports we have confirmed 3,550 exoplanets.