OSU and NASA to Search Milky Way for Rogue Planets

OSU researchers and study authors think during a new NASA mission they may find there are as many starts in the Milky Way as there are “rogue planets” which float in space without orbiting a sun.

The mission will provide a whole new viewpoint of what is out there in space. The researchers stated: imagine our rocky world floating freely in space, this is the kind of thing we hope to find.

Researchers hoped that NASA’s upcoming Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope would find hundreds of these free-floating rogue planets in the Milky Way. By identifying and counting those rogue planets scientists think they can then extrapolate an estimate of how many there maybe in the galaxy.

Rogue, free-floating, planets are isolated objects Their masses are similar to a planet and the origin of objects is unknown. Some believe they used to have a host start that no longer exists.

Researchers said that the universe could be swarming with such objects and we don’t know it and that without the new NASA mission involving the microlensing survey the Roman Space Telescope is going to do they wouldn’t be able to complete their research.