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planetary mass object

(PMO, planemo)
(has the mass of a planet)

The term planetary mass object (or PMO) is sometimes used when the object's mass does (or might) fall in the range of a planet or dwarf planet, even if it isn't classified to be or confirmed to be a planet. So planets and dwarf planets qualify. The term may be used if for some reason the object is unlike typical and/or known planets: to concoct an example, with an orbit so elliptic that it is comet-like. It also might be used for free-floating objects, i.e., not in a planetary system, for which the term isolated planetary mass object (IPMO) is sometimes used.

The term sub-brown dwarf is used for such an object that formed like a star but only achieved the mass of a planet, i.e., less mass than a brown dwarf.

(object type,planets)
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Referenced by pages:
EF Eridani
WISE 0855-0714 (W0855)