Ploonets: When a Planet's Moon Goes Rogue

You know what planets are. You're familiar with moons. But what do you get when you cross the two? "Ploonets," according to astronomers from Australia and Colombia. These weird, hypothetical objects start life as a moon circling a giant planet, but models show they can be exiled and essentially turn into planets themselves. If true, this theory could explain away some astronomical mysteries... Continue Reading Hypothetical "ploonets" would blur the lines between planets and moons Category: Space Tags: Astronomy Colombia Exoplanet Hubble Macquarie University Moon

Ploonets: When a Planet's Moon Goes Rogue

Could moons around hot Jupiters, like the exoplanet shown in this artist's concept, be stripped from the planets they orbit? New research suggests the answer is yes, and the researchers have ...

Mon 15 Jul 19 from Discover Magazine

Ploonets: Exiled moons may explain astronomical mysteries

Moons ejected from orbits around gas giant exoplanets could explain several astronomical mysteries, an international team of astronomers suggests.

Fri 12 Jul 19 from Phys.org

Hypothetical "ploonets" would blur the lines between planets and moons

You know what planets are. You're familiar with moons. But what do you get when you cross the two? "Ploonets," according to astronomers from Australia and Colombia. These weird, hypothetical ...

Fri 12 Jul 19 from Gizmag

Moons that escape their planets could become ‘ploonets’

If giant planets in other star systems lose their moons, the freed objects could become “ploonets,” and current telescopes may be able to find them.

Tue 9 Jul 19 from ScienceNews

Exomoons that run away from their planets could become 'ploonets'

We haven’t found any moons around exoplanets, which may be because they are flung away and turn into “ploonets” - a fate that could one day befall our own moon

Thu 4 Jul 19 from Newscientist

Scientists coin the term 'ploonets' for the bizarre hybrids created when a moon becomes a planet

Astrophysicist Mario Sucerquia of the University of Antioquia in Colombia and colleagues wanted to know what happened to exomoons when their host planets migrate.

Thu 11 Jul 19 from Daily Mail

Meet the Ploonets! Runaway moons with delusions of planethood get astronomy's cutest name ever

What do you call a runaway exomoon with delusions of planethood?

Thu 11 Jul 19 from FOXNews

Meet the Ploonets! Runaway Moons with Delusions of Planethood Get Astronomy's Cutest Name Ever, Thu 11 Jul 19 from Livescience

Goodnight, moonmoons. Ploonets are our new space superstars - CNET

Moons that escape and become planets get a charmingly goofy nickname.

Wed 10 Jul 19 from CNET

Hello Ploonets. Runaway moons get a charmingly goofy name - CNET

First we had moonmoons, now ploonets are lighting up the astronomy world.

Wed 10 Jul 19 from CNET Cutting Edge

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