A planet has been found wandering through space on its own - without a parent star.
The strange discovery is 100 light-years from Earth, and was spotted using ESO’s Very Large Telescope and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope.
Scientists believe these 'free floating' worlds could be common - perhaps as numerous as the billions of 'normal' stars.
The absence of a bright star very close to it, has allowed the team to study the probable planet's atmosphere in great detail - and could provide insights that will allow scientists to study other 'exoplanets' nearer to stars.
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