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A Strange Lonely Planet Found Without A Star
Science Daily ^ | 09 October 2013

Posted on 10/10/2013 12:49:33 AM PDT by zeestephen

This free-floating planet, dubbed PSO J318.5-22, is just 80 light-years away from Earth and has a mass only six times that of Jupiter. The planet formed a mere 12 million years ago -- a newborn in planet lifetimes.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: astronomy; planet; psoj318522; star; xplanets
"We have never before seen an object free-floating in space that that looks like this. It has all the characteristics of young planets found around other stars, but it is drifting out there all alone."

"Planets found by direct imaging are incredibly hard to study, since they are right next to their much brighter host stars. PSO J318.5-22 is not orbiting a star so it will be much easier for us to study. It is going to provide a wonderful view into the inner workings of gas-giant planets like Jupiter shortly after their birth."

1 posted on 10/10/2013 12:49:34 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: zeestephen

Hmmm...thrown out of its solar system, or a death star!!


2 posted on 10/10/2013 12:52:14 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITIZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF USA CITIZEN PARENTS)
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To: zeestephen

Rogue planet.


3 posted on 10/10/2013 1:09:24 AM PDT by Red Steel
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To: zeestephen

Planet Emo


4 posted on 10/10/2013 1:45:20 AM PDT by daku
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To: SatinDoll
Hmmm...thrown out of its solar system, or a death star!!

Be afraid. Very afraid.

5 posted on 10/10/2013 2:04:35 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Vlad the Impaler proposed no path to citizenship. Consider that.)
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To: SatinDoll

It’s too big to be a space station.


6 posted on 10/10/2013 2:16:57 AM PDT by RC one
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To: RC one

I have a very bad feeling about this.


7 posted on 10/10/2013 2:23:10 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: zeestephen
a wanderer..

*cue music*
"Well..I'm a type of guy
who likes wanderer 'round".. by Dion.


8 posted on 10/10/2013 2:40:06 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: zeestephen

Nibiru


9 posted on 10/10/2013 2:44:41 AM PDT by fivecatsandadog (Why does my phone go all wonky every time I say something bad about Obama?)
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To: Fresh Wind

“I have a very bad feeling about this.”

“That’s no moon.”

But seriously, at 80 light years it’s in another star’s neighborhood, not ours. It is no where near us.


10 posted on 10/10/2013 3:07:50 AM PDT by Justa
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To: zeestephen
The planet formed a mere 12 million years ago

How do they know?

11 posted on 10/10/2013 3:09:52 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend
My thoughts exactly. I think the way things are supposed to work is something like this:

Cloud of dust
Cloud of dust
Cloud of dust
Cloud of dust contracting
Cloud of dust contracting
Cloud of dust contracting
Planet!

And they say that last step happened 12 million years ago. Probably on a Tuesday. I'm sure how they can make that determination.

12 posted on 10/10/2013 3:14:56 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: zeestephen

Read about rouge planets, from theory to fact.


13 posted on 10/10/2013 3:15:58 AM PDT by Farnsworth ("The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Cloud of dust
Cloud of dust
Cloud of dust...

...And a hearty HI HO SILVER!


14 posted on 10/10/2013 3:20:59 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: zeestephen

6x Jupiter?

Sounds more like a failed brown dwarf not a planet.


15 posted on 10/10/2013 3:22:18 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: zeestephen

How neat! Could it be it’s sun turned nova and this is all that would be left? I would assume Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune will survive after our sun’s death.


16 posted on 10/10/2013 3:28:25 AM PDT by Gefn (More Cowbell)
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To: Vaquero
Sounds more like a failed brown dwarf not a planet.

That's racist!!

17 posted on 10/10/2013 3:33:00 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Fresh Wind
Like the one in Bad Santa


18 posted on 10/10/2013 3:47:32 AM PDT by Vaquero ( Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: zeestephen

Wow. They can tell that a planet which is 80 light years away is 12 million years old just by looking at it. Sounds like something someone would say who makes a living sucking up money from taxpayers.


19 posted on 10/10/2013 3:57:33 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Vaquero

LOL!


20 posted on 10/10/2013 3:59:53 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: daku
Planet Emo

It looks like this:


21 posted on 10/10/2013 4:00:17 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: SatinDoll

system, or a death star!!,....””

Just what I thought!!!

:)


22 posted on 10/10/2013 4:03:45 AM PDT by kimtom (USA ; Freedom is not Free)
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To: hattend

The planet formed a mere 12 million years ago
How do they know?
..........”

a guess (ignore the baloney jargon)


23 posted on 10/10/2013 4:05:04 AM PDT by kimtom (USA ; Freedom is not Free)
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To: Farnsworth
Read about rouge planets, from theory to fact.

As far as I know, Mars is the only rouge planet.

24 posted on 10/10/2013 4:11:52 AM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: zeestephen

A Strange Lonely Planet Found Without A Star
****************
Finally a place where Hollywood ‘stars’ are REALLY needed.


25 posted on 10/10/2013 4:14:41 AM PDT by RetSignman
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To: ClearCase_guy
And they say that last step happened 12 million years ago. Probably on a Tuesday. I'm sure how they can make that determination.

It's like the museum guard who, when asked how old the dinosaur bones were, responded "4 million and 3 years old."

When pressed on the precision of his answer, he said that when he was hired 3 years ago, they told him the bones were 4 million years old.

26 posted on 10/10/2013 4:27:06 AM PDT by Quality_Not_Quantity (Liars use facts when the truth doesn't suit their purposes.)
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To: Justa

“But seriously, at 80 light years it’s in another star’s neighborhood, not ours. It is no where near us.”

Was thinking about your comment, and the distance a light year is in miles. It’s essentially 5.88 trillion miles. So, if you could spend dollars at the speed of light, it would take a whole year to reach the amount that our present administration has added to the national debt.


27 posted on 10/10/2013 4:36:21 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Maceman
As far as I know, Mars is the only rouge planet.

Damn, beat me to it again.

28 posted on 10/10/2013 4:59:52 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: SatinDoll

They were looking for brown dwarfs.

Why is the object not a small brown dwarf. That is, a star morphology not previously recognized?


29 posted on 10/10/2013 5:06:41 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: zeestephen

My guess is that, like Jupiter, it would have been destined to be a star but had insufficient mass to self ignite.


30 posted on 10/10/2013 5:09:14 AM PDT by Gulf War One
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To: bert

Brown dwarf.

31 posted on 10/10/2013 5:09:34 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

BTW......

I read a Siemens ad today that said manufacturing is comong back to America, different more productive manufacturing. Four examples were given, all in the south


32 posted on 10/10/2013 5:11:50 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: TangoLimaSierra
Damn, beat me to it again.

Well, all I can say is that the early bird gets the worm.

But you may find some solace in the fact that it's the second mouse that gets the cheese.

33 posted on 10/10/2013 5:17:48 AM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: bert

Siemens supplied the third Reich radio equipment during WWII. They used a lot of slave labor. Times have changed.


34 posted on 10/10/2013 5:21:10 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Maceman

???? A rouge planet has no solar system. Last I heard, mars was still between Earth and the asteroid belt


35 posted on 10/10/2013 5:46:17 AM PDT by Farnsworth ("The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no)
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To: zeestephen

These discoveries make stories like “When Worlds Collide” seem more reasonable.
But these planets could be explained by stellar formation phenomena - lots of gas giants form that never became stars in the stellar nurseries. So there could be trillions of them in the universe.


36 posted on 10/10/2013 7:21:18 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: Farnsworth
???? A rouge planet has no solar system. Last I heard, mars was still between Earth and the asteroid belt

You must be thinking of a ROGUE planet. A ROUGE planet is just red.

37 posted on 10/10/2013 8:14:43 AM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: zeestephen; SunkenCiv
(((PING)))


38 posted on 10/10/2013 12:44:17 PM PDT by oxcart (Journalism [sic])
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To: kimtom
The planet formed a mere 12 million years ago.
How do they know?

They found its birth certificate in Honolulu.

39 posted on 10/10/2013 2:27:57 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: oxcart; KevinDavis; annie laurie; Knitting A Conundrum; Viking2002; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...

Thanks oxcart.
 
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40 posted on 10/10/2013 8:01:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Verginius Rufus

original, or microfilmed???


41 posted on 10/11/2013 4:36:21 AM PDT by kimtom (USA ; Freedom is not Free)
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To: Justa; SatinDoll; zeestephen; hattend; Verginius Rufus; oxcart

42 posted on 10/11/2013 4:50:35 AM PDT by kimtom (USA ; Freedom is not Free)
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To: zeestephen

Most likely a potential star that never accumulated enough matter and density to ignite.....i’m guessing.


43 posted on 10/12/2013 2:47:21 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: mowowie
Yes.

The theoretical minimum for a star to form is about 2 to 4 times the mass of Jupiter.

The exciting thing is how young this planet-brown dwarf is.

No one has ever seen anything like it before.

44 posted on 10/12/2013 3:31:50 PM PDT by zeestephen
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