A unique and strange rouge planet has been just discovered outside of our solar system.
According to The Astrophysical Journal, this loner planet has an astounding and powerful magnetic field that is over four million times that of Earth. Additionally, the planet creates visually stunning auroras like nothing we have ever seen.
A planet with amazing magnetism and very close to Earth discovered by astronomers
This planet, known as SIMP, was first discovered two years ago. Initially, SIMP was categorized as a brown dwarf. However, recent findings suggest that SIMP is just small enough to be considered a planet.
SIMP is very hot when compared to other planets, with a surface temperature of over 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit. This is double the heat of any planet in our solar system.
The most impressive aspect of SIMP is a magnetic field that is millions of times stronger than Earth
This magnetic field contributes to the creation of stunning light shows on SIMP. However, the auroras are generated differently than on Earth.
Jupiter produced amazing auroras as well, which occurs because electrically charged particles accelerate along the magnetic fields of the planet before crashing into atoms in the upper atmosphere of Jupiter at roughly 3,000 miles per second. A similar process occurs on Earth, which we label the northern and southern lights. The process is different from Jupiter’s in that the charged particles that create the auroras on Earth come from the Sun in the form of solar wind.
Researchers believe that the creation of auroras on SIMP is more similar to that of Jupiter’s. This indicates that SIMP may have a moon.
Astronomers are excited about the discovery of SIMP, which is located just twenty light-years from the Sun because the study of the incredible magnetic force of SIMP can provide new insights regarding how magnetic fields are created in exoplanets.
The finding of SIMP also indicates new ways of discovering exoplanets, including rogue planets such as SIMP that has not been detectable in the past.