HD 106906b Planet Is Kicked Out Of Its Own Solar System
Amazingly, a giant planet that is located 300 light years away has been sent into Coventry. It has been kicked out from the solar system, say scientists at the Extreme Solar Systems III meeting in Hawaii on Tuesday.
Called HD 106906b, this planet underwent massive "gravitational pushes" from one more satellite or star nearby. This pushed it out, according to National Geographic.
This process usually leads to bringing in "rogue worlds" to get into our galaxy. However, this is the first time scientists have really seen the process in action.
"This whole picture of a dynamically disturbed planetary system is tremendously exciting," said Paul Kalas, who was part of the team that observed the planet. "We think the whole system has been recently disturbed by some violent gravitational interaction."
However, scientists were not able to find any huge planet near HD 106906b.
In fact, the planet went out of the solar system with a lot of debris, which can now be studied by researchers in order to become more aware of the solar system's formation, says Daily Mail.
HD 106906b is in fact almost 11 times bigger than Jupiter. It rotates a star bigger than the Sun and, is only 13 million years old. Though our earth is elder to it, scientists feel that it gives an insight into the processes of young planetary systems and how they may become "rogue planets".
"It is entirely possible that through chaotic evolution, this planet will eventually find itself going rogue," said Caltech's Konstantin Batygin.