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Alien planet 11 times bigger than Jupiter found in bizarre, massive orbit
Fox News ^ | December 6, 2013 | Denise Chow

Posted on 12/06/2013 8:16:03 PM PST by NYer

An enormous alien planet — one that is 11 times more massive than Jupiter — was discovered in the most distant orbit yet found around a single parent star.

The newfound exoplanet, dubbed HD 106906 b, dwarfs any planetary body in the solar system, and circles its star at a distance that is 650 times the average distance between the Earth and the sun. The existence of such a massive and distantly orbiting planet raises new questions about how these bizarre worlds are formed, the researchers said.

"This system is especially fascinating because no model of either planet or star formation fully explains what we see," study lead researcher Vanessa Bailey, a fifth-year graduate student in the University of Arizona's department of astronomy, said in a statement. [The Strangest Alien Planets (Gallery)]

In the most commonly accepted theories of planet formation, it is thought that planets that orbit close to their parent star, such as Earth, began as small, asteroid-type bodies that clumped together in the primordial disk of gas and dust around the burgeoning star. Yet, this process operates too slowly to explain how giant planets form far away from their star, the researcher said.

'The planet is only 13 million years old, and is still glowing from the heat of its formation.'

- Researchers with the University of Arizona's department of astronomy

Alternative hypotheses have suggested that distant giant planets may form in ways similar to mini binary star systems, Bailey said.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: astronomy; hd106906b; xplanets

An artist's conception of a young planet in a distant orbit around its host star. The star still harbors a debris disk, remnant material from star and planet formation, interior to the planet's orbit. (NASA/JPL-CALTECH)
1 posted on 12/06/2013 8:16:03 PM PST by NYer
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To: SunkenCiv

Way cool, ping!


2 posted on 12/06/2013 8:16:35 PM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

For those who are intrigued by the universe.


3 posted on 12/06/2013 8:20:03 PM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: NYer

God made cool stuff.


4 posted on 12/06/2013 8:20:40 PM PST by shankbear (The tree of Liberty appears to be perishing because there are few patriots willing to refresh it.)
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To: NYer

You tell it to its face that it is moving in a bizarre orbit!

It can go anywhere it wants.


5 posted on 12/06/2013 8:20:59 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: NYer

Why didn’t this thing ignite into a star?


6 posted on 12/06/2013 8:21:02 PM PST by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: NYer

An alien planet?


7 posted on 12/06/2013 8:21:32 PM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: NYer

A planet bigger then our Jupiter ... I’m jealous.


8 posted on 12/06/2013 8:23:50 PM PST by doc1019 (Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened!)
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To: Ghost of SVR4
Why didn’t this thing ignite into a star?

Maybe it was a star. After all, we really have no idea how planets form. Just guesses.

9 posted on 12/06/2013 8:25:09 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: NYer

I bet gravity sucks big time on that planet.


10 posted on 12/06/2013 8:27:08 PM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: NYer

Thank you for posting this.


11 posted on 12/06/2013 8:27:29 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

It might still be growing, it may ignite yet.


12 posted on 12/06/2013 8:28:27 PM PST by eclecticEel ("The petty man forsakes what lies within his power and longs for what lies with Heaven." - Xunzi)
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To: NYer

I’m a hermit, beyond that I have few requirements, mostly involving a hydrogen/oxygen/temperature mix...Call me, I’m interested.


13 posted on 12/06/2013 8:33:21 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: NYer

Cool indeed..

I wonder though why something unexpected is often seen as strange, alien whatever...

We are developing the technology to get out of the box of the night shy, but are we collectively smart enough to do so....


14 posted on 12/06/2013 8:36:10 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: Ghost of SVR4

>> Why didn’t this thing ignite into a star?

How do you know it didn’t?


15 posted on 12/06/2013 8:36:32 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: NYer

Thanks NYer!
 
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16 posted on 12/06/2013 8:37:10 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

“Why didn’t this thing ignite into a star?”

Insufficient mass. It may ultimately fall into the category of a brown dwarf star versus a super-Jovian class planet.


17 posted on 12/06/2013 8:44:46 PM PST by WhiskeyX ( provides a system for registering complaints about unfair broadcasters and the ability to request a)
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To: NYer

Every star we can see has planets and moons in rotation of their own solar systems. Deep space Hubble shows us innumerable galaxies of stars.

When I get overwhelmed by what links to real news that FR provides, I try to buffer my sanity by accepting that the entire human race really has no clue about the universe.

We have allowed ourselves to be consumed by Muslims, Gays, Communists, and Political Correctness, when we should have been already working on space shipyards.


18 posted on 12/06/2013 8:48:31 PM PST by Refugee From NYC
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To: Rebelbase
I bet gravity sucks big time on that planet.

You wouldn't be able to lift a finger...or to breathe, even if there was a breathable atmosphere.

19 posted on 12/06/2013 8:52:19 PM PST by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: Ghost of SVR4
“Why didn’t this thing ignite into a star?”

If it had there would have been a binary star with no particular interest to anyone..

Not big enough to be star in nature need a critical gravitational mass to compress the nucleus..

It was the realization by the physicists around 1940 that this critical mass could be artificially created with enriched Uranium that lead to Hiroshima and winning the war..

20 posted on 12/06/2013 8:59:56 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: shankbear

“God made cool stuff.”

Indeed. And my guess is the best is yet to come.


21 posted on 12/06/2013 9:00:03 PM PST by Paulie
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To: NYer; mikrofon; martin_fierro; PJ-Comix
Alien planet 11 times bigger than Jupiter. . . .

How much bigger is it than Uranus?

22 posted on 12/06/2013 9:06:41 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Somebody had to do it.)
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To: Refugee From NYC

The western world had a little trouble at first with the Arabic numeral zero.
The concept of infinity is problematic, yeah, but send me a bank routing number and I can explain it all.
Oh what the hey ... you know ‘big’ right? Well, when you get to the edge of big, you just keep on going. No charge.
I’m still trying to deal with the fact that it’s bigger than Jupiter.


23 posted on 12/06/2013 9:13:44 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: NYer

This throws out all the current theories about how solar systems formed billions of years ago.
The more knowledge we gain of the universe through new technology the more we realize there are some things we really don’t have figured out.


24 posted on 12/06/2013 9:17:34 PM PST by Keflavik76
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To: Ghost of SVR4

“Why didn’t this thing ignite into a star?”

It did, we are just looking at a red dwarf inside a Dyson sphere.

Freegards


25 posted on 12/06/2013 9:18:48 PM PST by Ransomed
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To: Charles Henrickson

Name it moochelle


26 posted on 12/06/2013 9:30:25 PM PST by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: Ghost of SVR4
Why didn’t this thing ignite into a star?

According to http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2001/KellyMaurelus.shtml, the mass needed to ignite as a star is around 0.05 - 0.10 solar masses. Jupiter is about 0.001 solar masses, so even that huge planet would only be 0.011 solar masses.

27 posted on 12/06/2013 9:45:41 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: shankbear
God made makes cool stuff.

Sorry had to do it !

28 posted on 12/06/2013 9:58:05 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (I'm not afraid to say what i mean nor should you be afraid of what you know to be true !)
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To: Charles Henrickson

“How much bigger is it than Uranus?”

Off hand I’d say it depends on your hemmeriodous


29 posted on 12/06/2013 10:04:53 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: Rebelbase

I bet gravity sucks big time on that planet.


Not a great place to visit if you are trying to lose weight.


30 posted on 12/06/2013 11:23:20 PM PST by bytesmith
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To: Ghost of SVR4

Exactly, I had heard that if Jupiter was 10 times bigger, it would turn into a star. And this one goes to 11, which is one louder....


31 posted on 12/07/2013 3:36:52 AM PST by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: Rebelbase

I wonder how Hillary Clinton would weigh on this newly found planet - if would ever issue her a visa.


32 posted on 12/07/2013 3:46:14 AM PST by monocle
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To: Ghost of SVR4

No kindling?


33 posted on 12/07/2013 4:19:47 AM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

I was going to ad, “and He still does” . . . .


34 posted on 12/07/2013 4:29:35 AM PST by shankbear (The tree of Liberty appears to be perishing because there are few patriots willing to refresh it.)
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To: bytesmith

“trying to lose weight.”

A 4-ounce serving would be very small.

If you could lift your fork.


35 posted on 12/07/2013 6:37:49 AM PST by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

It’s not massive enough to ignite. 65 Jupiter masses is the threshold. This is barely enough to be a brown dwarf. It’s even below the 13 Jupiter mass threshold to burn deuterium.


36 posted on 12/07/2013 7:03:15 AM PST by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

Someone wisely posted “No Smoking” signs.

Sooner or later, though, someone will try to fry a turkey and that will be all she wrote.


37 posted on 12/07/2013 7:11:39 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Charles Henrickson; NYer; martin_fierro; PJ-Comix
Alien planet 11 times bigger than Jupiter found in bizarre, massive orbit

Not only THAT-


38 posted on 12/07/2013 8:34:33 AM PST by mikrofon (BizarrOrbit)
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