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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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To: Shadowstrike
It belongs to the AB Doradus moving group, meaning that it largely shares their motion, which has components ( U,V,W ) = ( -8, -27, -14 ) km/s in the LSR or "Local Standard of Rest" frame of reference. That is the area "local" to our sun on the galactic scale.

The sun has ( U,V,W ) = ( 10, 5, 7 ) km/s, so the relative motion is ( U, V, W ) = ( -18, -32, -21 ) km/s . Now, all we have to know is which direction it is from us in the LSR frame.

Let's see if we can "seat of the pants" it. The group is in the constellation Dorado and is about 90 degrees away from the galactic center in Sagitarius, so the first component, in the U direction, which represents motion toward the galactic center ...

Hey! I'm missing Perry Mason!

21 posted on 11/14/2012 8:56:08 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: Altariel
Paging Irwin Allen:


22 posted on 11/14/2012 8:59:46 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Altariel

dyson sphere?


23 posted on 11/14/2012 9:11:35 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Altariel

It should only take about a million years to get there at Voyager 1 speed!


24 posted on 11/14/2012 9:22:03 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Altariel

Homeless world? Let’s hope it can put it’s life in order and make something of itself.


25 posted on 11/14/2012 9:25:37 PM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Altariel

awww, Can we adopt it?


26 posted on 11/14/2012 9:33:14 PM PST by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Nice to know someone else remembers...


27 posted on 11/14/2012 9:36:12 PM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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To: Colofornian; Elsie; FastCoyote; svcw; Zakeet; SkyPilot; rightazrain; Tennessee Nana; ...
Kolob ping!

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28 posted on 11/14/2012 10:10:42 PM PST by reaganaut (Kyrie eleison...Christe eleison...Kyrie eleison)
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To: Altariel

Melancholia!


29 posted on 11/14/2012 10:17:24 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Altariel

[ alien planet wandering alone just 100 light-years from Earth ]

You got to be a democrat to make such an idiotic statement as that..
100 light years... is so far away its not worth consideration.. as a threat..
if its even possible to see something that small that far away..


30 posted on 11/15/2012 12:01:30 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: sten

Yeah, Dyson Sphere or the Death Star were my first thoughts as well.


31 posted on 11/15/2012 12:54:37 AM PST by miliantnutcase
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To: Rembrandt

Shhhhhh...the Democrats will hear you.


32 posted on 11/15/2012 12:57:22 AM PST by stilloftyhenight
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To: Altariel
"Thundering Worlds" by Edmond Hamilton appearing in Weird Tales, March 1934.
33 posted on 11/15/2012 2:36:42 AM PST by eCSMaster (2012 elections: American Coup d'etat!)
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To: Altariel

Homeless planet? It’s heading our way to get “stuff” from Obama and so it can vote (numerous times) in the next election.


34 posted on 11/15/2012 3:52:50 AM PST by conservaterian (NOW can we have a conservative candidate?????)
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To: conservaterian
Homeless planet? It’s heading our way to get “stuff” from Obama and so it can vote (numerous times) in the next election.


35 posted on 11/15/2012 7:03:01 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: reaganaut

Dear Ask Tommy

They have discovered a new planet with no parents. Could it be Kolob where god lives ?

Excited in Provo

Dear EinP

As the Prophet Joseph told us, all planets have parents. Earth had a Dady Earth and a Mommy Earth and so does this new planet.

Everyone has parents. Even our god had a father himself.

But we think err god thinks err god has said this will prove to be errr this IS Kolob so just this once drink a glass of Kobol to the planet where our god lives.

Because of your mormon-holy-ghost-sealed-in-your-heart question, you get to go on the first exploratory mission to Kolob.

You and your companion get to go for TWO YEARS to knock on eoors and tell of Prophet Joseph’s restored gospel.

What ? Oh Ive been informed god already knows. Never mind about that bit.

Anyhoo for just ONE MILLION dollars you get a free ticket on our first airy submarine to Kolob, all the Ramen noodles you can eat, and 164 Rules for Radical Mormons.

Wont that be a blessing ?

Yes well when can you send in errr when would you like to go ?

Yours in Macaroni err Moroni etc
Ask Tommy


36 posted on 11/15/2012 9:17:08 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana; Elsie

ROFL, you and Els have been spending too much time together.


37 posted on 11/15/2012 9:30:02 AM PST by reaganaut (Kyrie eleison...Christe eleison...Kyrie eleison)
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To: Tennessee Nana; Elsie

ROFL, you and Els have been spending too much time together.


38 posted on 11/15/2012 9:30:18 AM PST by reaganaut (Kyrie eleison...Christe eleison...Kyrie eleison)
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To: Altariel
Astronomers have discovered a potential "rogue" alien planet wandering alone...

But HOW?

Usually extra-solar planets are discovered by watching the variable light curve of a star as the object periodically passes in front of it.

A true lone planet would not be able to do this

39 posted on 11/15/2012 1:41:10 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: rmlew
Failed star like a small Brown Dwarf?

Like THIS???

40 posted on 11/15/2012 1:44:55 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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