Freakish wonders of the Universe

The universe is full of deep mysteries and even the fraction of what we know is too fascinating for words. This month let’s take a look at some of the amazing yet scary inhabitants out there.

Illustration of a planet drifting outside a star system
Illustration: © Rama Ramesh

Lone travellers

We imagine planets going around a star, endlessly orbiting it as long as they live. It turns out that not all planets exist this way. Astronomers have discovered a few Jupiter-sized planets drifting alone, without a place to call home or a star as a boss. They are thought to have been ejected out of their star system due to some massive explosion event. As long as they are not on a trajectory towards Earth, it’s dreamy fun to think about these lonely nomadic travellers.

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Rama Ramesh

Rama Ramesh is a creative writer who has written stories and features for children’s magazines and has co-authored a series of nanotechnology books for kids.