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Several years ago when it was thought that very few stars had planetary systems the idea of rogue planets seemed at best outlandish. But now that it is believed that a high percentage of stars have a planetary system I wonder what becomes of the planets that survive the death of a star. Does the remnant of the star have enough gravity to keep it's planets in tow or do they slowly drift away from their dead parent. If this is so and since the sun is a fourth or fifth generation star it seems to me that there ought to be a good number of unattached planets in the voids between stars. Also if they are out there could we ever detect one?
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Our Voyager and Pioneer spacecraft can be considered 'rogue' in that they have been flung out of our solar system due to a gravitational sling-shot effect.
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There probably are lots of them flying around out there. But I doubt we'll ever find one. It would be a bit like looking for a piece of pollen in the ocean using a cotton ball.
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