Rogue planets can form without a parent star

Scientists call them free-floating planets — massive celestial wanderers that have broken free from the confines of their original solar system. Or perhaps not. New research suggests that these so-called rogue planets may have formed completely on their own — and that there could be billions of them. » 8/20/13 2:30pm 8/20/13 2:30pm

Watch this black hole take a bite out of a rogue super-Jupiter

Astronomers working at the ESA's Integral Space Observatory have observed a planet about 14-to-30 times the mass of Jupiter stray just a little too close to a dormant black hole. The gas giant (or possibly a brown dwarf) managed to avoid complete annihilation, but the black hole was still able to chomp down on a good… » 4/03/13 7:40am 4/03/13 7:40am