In a paper just published in the Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, entitled, “The Strongest Magnetic Fields on the Coolest Brown Dwarfs,” by Kao et al., the National Radio Astronomy Observatory has made the first radio-telescope detection of a planetary-mass object beyond our solar system.
Its colossal magnetic power has astronomers calling it a “rogue” object, that is mysteriously traveling through space unaccompanied by any parent star. The phantom object is being called a “failed star,” as it is something between a planet and a brown dwarf. Scientists discovered that the object was part of a very young group of stars, which means that it could be a free-floating planet. They argued that it was not a brown dwarf because it was not big enough. Brown dwarfs are too big to be classified as planets, yet not big enough to sustain nuclear fusion of hydrogen in their cores, which is the process that powers stars. The object is 12.7 times the mass of Jupiter, but with a magnetic field 200 times more powerful than Jupiter's, and is 20 light-years from Earth. The strange object has a surface temperature of about 825 degrees Celsius, or more than 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. Scientists have named the elusive rogue body, SIMP J01365663+0933473.
So what does this mean? Could this be Nibiru, as some have suggested? Subsequent observations have shown that there is evidence of a “variable structure in the frequency-dependent time series” of their targets on timescales “shorter than a rotation period, suggesting a higher degree of variability in the current systems near the surfaces of brown dwarfs” (Kao et al., 2018). The scientists conclude that the age, mass, and temperature of the mysterious rogue planet-like object cannot account for the strong magnetic fields produced by their targets. More research is clearly needed, thus, it remains a mystery. I will post updates as they are received.
Do I think this is Nibiru? I think it is an interesting discovery, for sure. It really makes it clear how little we know about the nature of the cosmos. That's the real story here, in my opinion. Everyday, a tiny bit of new information seeps through the filter of academia, challenging us to question the accepted narrative, sometimes, even calling for us to rewrite text books.
As to whether this strange celestial body is "the one" that may bring about a cataclysm or otherwise, I tend to doubt it based on my belief that if and when they do spot something to worry about, we the people would be the last to know, if ever at all.
Still, it is important to watch these developments closely because disclosure is a process, not a result.
Kao, M. M., Hallinan, G., Pineda, J. S., Stevenson, D., & Burgasser, A. (2018). The Strongest Magnetic Fields on the Coolest Brown Dwarfs. The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 237(2), 25. doi:10.3847/1538-4365/aac2d5