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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:58 AM

Astronomers: Lonely planet traveling in space without star system

Source: Raw Story

Astronomers on Wednesday reported they had detected a planet that had strayed from its star system and was wandering alone in deep space.

Object CFBDSIR2149 is believed to be a cold, young world that for unknown reasons has pulled free of the gravitational pull of its mother star, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) said.

It is not the first time that a “free-floating” planet has been found, but this one is the closest that has ever been spotted, at over 100 light years from Earth.

Initial observations sketched the object as either a homeless planet or a tiny failed star called a brown dwarf, which lacks the bulk to trigger the nuclear fusion that makes stars shine.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/11/14/astronomers-lonely-planet-traveling-in-space-without-star-system/



At last, a place for secessionists!

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IDemo Nov 2012 OP
Common Sense Party Nov 2012 #1
central scrutinizer Nov 2012 #2
vduhr Nov 2012 #3
mahatmakanejeeves Nov 2012 #4
Blue_Tires Nov 2012 #5
SoapBox Nov 2012 #6
MicaelS Nov 2012 #7
Uncle Joe Nov 2012 #8
matt819 Nov 2012 #9
Baitball Blogger Nov 2012 #10
Downtown Hound Nov 2012 #11
Hosnon Nov 2012 #12
allan01 Nov 2012 #13
lovuian Nov 2012 #14

Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:04 AM

1. Sounds like a metaphor for moderate Republicans. nt

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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:04 AM

2. Kolob? nfm

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:07 AM

3. Uh oh.....

Melancholia?

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:11 AM

4. Lonely Planet Boy

The New York Dolls' first album is easily a desert album disc. It was years ahead of its time, and it sounds as if it were released just yesterday. Except, of course, that it was on vinyl and in analog, so it has higher fidelity than this mp3 nonsense that people now consider acceptable. I'll save that rant for another time.

"Lonely Planet Boy" is on that album.



ETA: bonus Flamin' Groovies, just because the link popped up on YouTube, and it's a great tune.

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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:12 AM

5. "...It's too big to be a space station!"

"Turn the ship around..."

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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:12 AM

6. Resistance is futile...

Borg.

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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:25 AM

7. Philip Wylie was right!

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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:30 AM

8. This thread needs a theme song.



Thanks for the thread, IDemo.

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:43 AM

9. God created that free-floating planet 6000 years ago. (nt)

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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:51 AM

10. The Death Star is coming and will arrive within striking distance of Earth

on December 21, 2012.

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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:55 AM

11. God: Now where did I leave that one planet?

Oh yeah, there it is!

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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:00 PM

12. Melancholia?!

Run for your lives!

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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:44 PM

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yes. thanks for the thread

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Response to IDemo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:46 PM

14. They don't say what the trajectory of the planet is?

What is its eliptical path? "free floating" does that mean it is just sitting there or is it on the move?

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