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First Alien Planet From Another Galaxy Discovered
Space.com ^ | 11/18/2010 | Space.com via Yahoo News

Posted on 11/18/2010 4:30:55 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld

Astronomers have confirmed the first discovery of an alien planet in our Milky Way that came from another galaxy, they announced today (Nov. 18).

The Jupiter-like planet orbits a star that was born in another galaxy and later captured by our own Milky Way sometime between 6 billion and 9 billion years ago, researchers said. A side effect of the galactic cannibalism brought a faraway planet within astronomers' reach for the first time ever. [Illustration of the extragalactic planet]

"This is very exciting," said study co-author Rainer Klement of the Max-Planck-Institut fur Astronomie (MPIA) in Heidelberg, Germany. "We have no ability to directly observe stars in foreign galaxies for planets and confirm them."

Stars currently residing in other galaxies are simply too far away, Klement added.

The find may also force astronomers to rethink their ideas about planet formation and survival, researchers said, since it's the first planet ever discovered to be circling a star that is both very old and extremely metal-poor. Metal-poor stars are lacking in elements heavier than hydrogen and helium.

The newfound planet, called HIP 13044b, survived through its star's red-giant phase, which our own sun will enter in about 5 billion years. So studying it could offer clues about the fate of our solar system as well, researchers said.

HIP 13044b sits extremely close to its parent star, which has now contracted again. The planet completes an orbit every 16.2 days, and it comes within about 5 million miles (8 million kilometers) of its parent star at closest approach — just 5.5 percent of the distance between Earth and the sun.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: astronomy; catastrophism; galaxy; hip13044b; rainerklement; rogueplanet; rogueplanets; science; solarsystem; space; spacescience; velikovsky; whatiship; xplanets
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1 posted on 11/18/2010 4:30:58 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

Are there Liberals on it?


2 posted on 11/18/2010 4:32:30 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

Have they done the DNA for proof?


3 posted on 11/18/2010 4:33:41 PM PST by annieokie
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To: annieokie

There is Astronomical spectroscopy


4 posted on 11/18/2010 4:35:04 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

“First alien planet”? - California!


5 posted on 11/18/2010 4:35:38 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

the milky way stole a planet?


6 posted on 11/18/2010 4:36:03 PM PST by edcoil (Today, we start fixing stupid.)
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To: edcoil

Rogue planets are ejected and are captured by galaxies and solar systems


7 posted on 11/18/2010 4:38:56 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld
And so the concept of wandering stars with captured planets is now validated by mainstream science.

Check.

Next concept?

"My God, they're everywhere!"

LOL

8 posted on 11/18/2010 4:39:00 PM PST by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on its own.)
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To: ExTexasRedhead
"Are there Liberals on it?"

Classic. I'll be laughing about that one the rest of the night.

9 posted on 11/18/2010 4:40:23 PM PST by noiseman (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: edcoil

Naw, it came over looking for a star, er job, er came over looking to be a spiral member instead of a cluster blob.


10 posted on 11/18/2010 4:40:36 PM PST by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: edcoil
the milky way stole a planet?

Now you know why our galaxy is moving so fast through the Universe.

Trying to outrun the cops.

11 posted on 11/18/2010 4:44:24 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

Home of Sheila Jackson-Lee?


12 posted on 11/18/2010 4:44:59 PM PST by lonestar
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To: lonestar

Probably


13 posted on 11/18/2010 4:45:33 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld; edcoil
Rogue planets are ejected and are captured by galaxies and solar systems

Say, can I borrow that for a pickup line to use at the bar?

14 posted on 11/18/2010 4:45:51 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: SunkenCiv; KevinDavis

Ping


15 posted on 11/18/2010 4:46:38 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

Great. Now Harry Reid can drop the DREAM Act. They have their own planet.


16 posted on 11/18/2010 4:46:38 PM PST by Clink (Conservatives believe it when they see it. Liberals see it when they believe it.)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

All those stars, it would be awfully weird if there were no other planets like ours out there. It’d be both proof of God and a limited imagination on His part! ;)


17 posted on 11/18/2010 4:49:52 PM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Starve the beast. Save the liver!)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

Illegal immigrant planet?


18 posted on 11/18/2010 4:50:16 PM PST by Eternal_Bear
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld
Astronomers have confirmed the first discovery of an alien planet in our Milky Way that came from another galaxy, they announced today

Huh?

19 posted on 11/18/2010 4:57:01 PM PST by oldvike (I'm too drunk to taste THIS chicken)
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Doh! Guess I should read beyond the first sentence. I’m an idiot.


20 posted on 11/18/2010 4:58:03 PM PST by oldvike (I'm too drunk to taste THIS chicken)
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