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'Orphan' alien planet with no parent is found near Earth
MSNBC ^ | November 14, 2012 | Mike Wall

Posted on 11/14/2012 7:55:04 PM PST by Altariel

Astronomers have discovered a potential "rogue" alien planet wandering alone just 100 light-years from Earth, suggesting that such starless worlds may be extremely common across the galaxy.

The free-floating object, called CFBDSIR2149, is likely a gas giant planet four to seven times more massive than Jupiter, scientists say in a new study unveiled Wednesday. The planet cruises unbound through space relatively close to Earth (in astronomical terms), perhaps after being booted from its own solar system.

"If this little object is a planet that has been ejected from its native system, it conjures up the striking image of orphaned worlds, drifting in the emptiness of space," study leader Philippe Delorme of the Institute of Planetology and Astrophysics of Grenoble in France said in a statement.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: astronomy; catastrophism; earth; planet; planets; rogueplanet; rogueplanets; space; worldsincollision; xplanets
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1 posted on 11/14/2012 7:55:11 PM PST by Altariel
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To: Altariel

My question is which way is it “wandering”?


2 posted on 11/14/2012 7:57:24 PM PST by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Altariel

Thanks for posting, but has someone other than MSNBC written about this? I refuse to click through to MSNBC.


3 posted on 11/14/2012 7:57:50 PM PST by stillonaroll
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To: Altariel

4-7X bigger than Jupiter and ‘little planet’ is a big incongruous, but freeze me and send me. I don’t care if there is Avatar-level wildlife running the place, I want off this planet NOW.


4 posted on 11/14/2012 7:59:28 PM PST by txhurl (Once you go Asian, you never miss an equation.)
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To: stillonaroll

this must be Bush”s fault, or caused by global warming.


5 posted on 11/14/2012 7:59:56 PM PST by jimpick
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To: Altariel

http://www.space.com/18461-rogue-alien-planet-discovery.html


6 posted on 11/14/2012 8:00:40 PM PST by stillonaroll
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To: txhurl

It is slightly smaller than Obama’s narcissism.


7 posted on 11/14/2012 8:03:54 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Altariel; Salamander

The answer lies at the 1:45 mark on this video -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B707Ava4wrY


8 posted on 11/14/2012 8:13:04 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Altariel

Failed star like a small Brown Dwarf?


9 posted on 11/14/2012 8:15:36 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: Altariel

It’s planet X! Nibiru is coming! Don tin foil helmets and head for the Y2K shelters!


10 posted on 11/14/2012 8:17:33 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

Bronson Beta...


11 posted on 11/14/2012 8:23:03 PM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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I wonder how much gas costs on a gas planet.


12 posted on 11/14/2012 8:23:11 PM PST by girlscout
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To: Altariel

near?

If that’s near, I’m a better shot than I thought.


13 posted on 11/14/2012 8:25:32 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Win or lose, Impeach Obama Ben Ghazi...)
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To: rmlew

“Failed star like a small Brown Dwarf?”

OMG, a special needs minority planet which also should be considered for Affirmative Action Status!?


14 posted on 11/14/2012 8:26:18 PM PST by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: girlscout

15 posted on 11/14/2012 8:32:33 PM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Rembrandt
OMG, a special needs minority planet which also should be considered for Affirmative Action Status!?
Actually, sub-Brown Dwarfs, are also called "Gray Dwarfs". As such, they are white and have no special status.

http://space.wikia.com/wiki/Sub-brown_dwarf
http://space.wikia.com/wiki/Brown_dwarfs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub-brown_dwarf
http://astro.berkeley.edu/~basri/bdwarfs/index.html

16 posted on 11/14/2012 8:36:47 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: Altariel

“Resistance is futile”...


17 posted on 11/14/2012 8:37:31 PM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: null and void
Excellent classical reference!


18 posted on 11/14/2012 8:43:08 PM PST by atomic conspiracy (Victory in Iraq: Worst defeat for activist media since Goebbels shot himself.)
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To: Army Air Corps

And moochell’s butt.


19 posted on 11/14/2012 8:46:43 PM PST by Eaker ( If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles.)
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To: Altariel

20 posted on 11/14/2012 8:50:41 PM PST by Bratch
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