Free-roaming planets discovered

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Free-roaming planets discovered

Post by Mikes » Thu May 19, 2011 2:41 am

Is it just me or doe ss free roaming planet seem like the perfect place for ore-stripping aliens to live?

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Post by eric_marsh » Thu May 19, 2011 5:26 pm

The article said that they detected 10 Jupiter sized objects within 10 AU. Saturn is 9 AU from the sun so with a little rounding they found 10 Jupiter sized objects within the equivalent of the orbit of Saturn? Interesting. Perhaps a start that didn't form right?
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Re: Free-roaming planets discovered

Post by Mr. Tweedy » Thu May 19, 2011 6:44 pm

That must be a typo. You can't have objects that close to the sun with "no parent star."
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Post by eric_marsh » Thu May 19, 2011 7:42 pm

Mutual gravitational attraction?
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Re: Free-roaming planets discovered

Post by Algernon Sydney is Dead » Thu May 19, 2011 8:33 pm

eric_marsh wrote:...they found 10 Jupiter sized objects within the equivalent of the orbit of Saturn? Interesting. Perhaps a start that didn't form right?
More like the remains of a star a few thousand years after it was split by a destructo ray. :twisted:

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Re: Free-roaming planets discovered

Post by Mikes » Thu May 19, 2011 9:28 pm

Algernon Sydney is Dead wrote:
eric_marsh wrote:...they found 10 Jupiter sized objects within the equivalent of the orbit of Saturn? Interesting. Perhaps a start that didn't form right?
More like the remains of a star a few thousand years after it was split by a destructo ray. :twisted:
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