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The plot below shows a model of how an isolated mass of gas (planet, brown dwarf) cools down with time, taken from Baraffe et al. (2003). The cooling tracks are labelled with mass in Jupiter masses. The time axis is logarithmic in years, the luminosity axis is lograrithmic in units of solar luminosities. Young brown dwarfs and giant planets are governed by ...
I'm not an expert but I believe the following is correct. The object PSO J318.5-22 is referred to as a "young L dwarf." An L dwarf is a type of brown dwarf, meaning a mass of hydrogen and other elements that is not large enough to fuse hydrogen. PSO J318.5-22 is Jupiter-sized, but I guess there is no particularly important difference between "failed stars" ...
the answer is no: for now there is a high correlation between the properties of planets (size, distance to their star) and their probability to be detected, which totally bias the observed distribution.
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