Science What an 'orphan' planet can tell us about how star systems form

The farthest-orbiting exoplanet has been discovered by astronomers.

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When researchers first found 2MASS J2126, they thought that it was a free floating planet. Earlier this month, however, a team of researchers published a paper in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society that indicated that the lonely “young object” was not an orphan after all.