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Rogue Planets Could Form On Their Own in Interstellar Space
universetoday.com ^ | August 20, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson on

Posted on 08/21/2013 8:02:37 AM PDT by BenLurkin

Free-floating rogue planets are intriguing objects. These planet-sized bodies adrift in interstellar space were predicted to exist in 1998, and since 2011 several orphan worlds have finally been detected. The leading theory on how these nomadic planets came to exist is that they were they ejected from their parent star system. But new research shows that there are places in interstellar space that might have the right conditions to form planets — with no parent star required.

Astronomers from Sweden and Finland have found tiny, round, cold clouds in space that may allow planets to form within, all on their own. In a sense, planets could be born free.

The team of astronomers studied the Rosette Nebula, a huge cloud of gas and dust 4,600 light years from Earth in the constellation Monoceros. They collected observations in radio waves with the 20-meter telescope at Onsala Space Observatory in Sweden, in submillimetre waves with APEX in Chile, and in infrared light with the New Technology Telescope (NTT) at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile.

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: astronomy; catastrophism; rogueplanet; rogueplanets; worldsincollision; xplanets

Astronomers have found that tiny, round, dark clouds called globulettes have the right characteristics to form free-floating planets. The graph shows the spectrum of one of the globulettes taken at the 20-metre telescope at Onsala Space Observatory. Radio waves from molecules of carbon monoxide (13CO) give information on the mass and structure of these clouds. ESO/M. Mäkelä.
1 posted on 08/21/2013 8:02:37 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: SunkenCiv

Catastrophic ping.


2 posted on 08/21/2013 8:03:09 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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3 posted on 08/21/2013 8:05:37 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (People are idiots.)
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To: BenLurkin
it would be incredibly stupid to assume otherwise

all matter clumps together by gravity- to think it ALWAYS forms stars, or solar systems is crazy.

I bet there are even planets not big enough to ignite into stars that have their own systems of planets circling them.

There are even asteroids that have little ‘moons’ circling them

It is not only possible, it is very probable

4 posted on 08/21/2013 8:14:45 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: BenLurkin

Now that I think of it, EVERY star was once small enough to only be planet sized, until it gained enough mass to ignite


5 posted on 08/21/2013 8:16:14 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Mr. K

Habitats....


6 posted on 08/21/2013 8:19:44 AM PDT by WhiskeyX ( provides a system for registering complaints about unfair broadcasters and the ability to request a)
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To: BenLurkin

Actually they were predicted in drive-in double-features in the 1950’s....


7 posted on 08/21/2013 8:19:58 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: BenLurkin

Galactic boogers.


8 posted on 08/21/2013 8:20:55 AM PDT by Noumenon (What would Michael Collins do?)
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To: BenLurkin

I don’t see why not.

I suspect there are a lot of planets, moons, asteroids etc that orbit stars but formed elsewhere. Its always been my suspicion that retrograde orbits are often a result of stellar captures.


9 posted on 08/21/2013 8:39:52 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BenLurkin

Shades of Nibiru! :-)


10 posted on 08/21/2013 9:06:58 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: BenLurkin
if only we could apply this to the GOP

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11 posted on 08/21/2013 9:09:57 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: BenLurkin
In a sense, planets could be born free

Born free, as free solar wind blows
As free as your mass grows
Born free to follow your heart

Live free, as beauty surrounds you
A world forms around you
And you don't need a star...

12 posted on 08/21/2013 9:24:15 AM PDT by mikrofon (Brrrf Alert ;)
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To: mikrofon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZHaQ3C3xQo


13 posted on 08/21/2013 10:06:58 AM PDT by RebelTex (Soli Deo Gloria, "To God alone the glory")
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To: BenLurkin

Yeh, like this was astonishing after we know that lint mysteriously accumulates in the belly button from God knows where, yet do we understand that!?


14 posted on 08/21/2013 10:16:38 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: mikrofon

Great. Now I’m going to have that song in my head all day.


15 posted on 08/21/2013 11:21:24 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Sounds like the USS Enterprise is gonna need some seriously powerful headlights...


16 posted on 08/21/2013 4:54:48 PM PDT by mowowie
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Sounds like the USS Enterprise is gonna need some seriously powerful headlights...

That's the squeaky pinging noise ya hear every now and then on the old Star Trek series when they be doing 'serious searching' :)

17 posted on 08/21/2013 5:10:23 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz......Nuff said.)
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Thanks BenLurkin.
 
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18 posted on 08/27/2013 7:30:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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Note: this topic is from 8/21/2013. Thanks BenLurkin.



19 posted on 08/27/2013 8:07:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...

Whoops, forgot the ping list.


20 posted on 08/27/2013 8:23:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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