PSO J318.5-22 - NASA Visions of the Future

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"Visit the planet with no star. Where the nightlife never ends!"

  • Printed on thick, museum-quality, matte, acid-free, archival paper.
  • Frames are a lightweight black Alder with an acrylic front protector & include attached hanging hardware. 1" frame border / .75" thick.
  • Made and printed in the USA.

About the Poster

Discovered in October 2013 using direct imaging, PSO J318.5-22 belongs to a special class of planets called rogue, or free-floating, planets. Wandering alone in the galaxy, they do not orbit a parent star. Not much is known about how these planets come to exist, but scientists theorize that they may be either failed stars or planets ejected from very young systems after an encounter with another planet. These rogue planets glow faintly from the heat of their formation. Once they cool down, they will be dancing in the dark.