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‘Rogue’ Planets Found Roaming Through Space

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Posted on May 18, 2011
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Looks pretty rogue to us: This image crafted for a video depicts a free-floating planetary body.

What happens when planetary bodies go rogue? Well, that’s one universal mystery that scientists didn’t actually know of until a team of Japanese researchers claimed to have found 10 such free-range roamers—and what’s more, they might be shockingly common in space.  —KA

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Indeed, the researchers hypothesise these objects were formed in a planetary disc, like the planets in our own Solar System, before gravitational forces ejected them from these systems.

Professor Joachim Wambsganss of the University of Heidelberg in Germany, who reviewed the study for Nature, said this was the “most plausible theory”. However, he added there was a minority view that planets could form the same way that stars do, but fail to reach the critical point of thermonuclear ignition.

He too agreed the most “shocking” element of the data was the projected frequency of such objects.

Dr Martin Dominik of the University of St Andrews in Scotland agreed, and said he would be “a bit cautious” about the results.

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By Night-Gaunt, May 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm Link to this comment

If such a rogue planet of say Jupiter’s mass entered our solar system it would produce great havoc even if it never reached us directly. Even one of Earth’s mass would create problems with its gravitational forces.

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By TDoff, May 19, 2011 at 9:04 pm Link to this comment

Of course Rogue Planets are ‘shockingly common’. They are all part of ‘god’s’ plan. Rogue Planets are where ‘he’ puts the space trash, all the unwanted debris that collects in the universe, and sends them off to wend their ways to the dust bins for final disposal.

In fact, we’re living on one. The Earth is a Rogue Planet, and we are the debris, the trash. We’ve just been caught here in this time warp for a brief moment, as time is calculated in the cosmos. And at 10:01AM this Saturday, the 21st, we shall be flung free of this warped space to our final destiny, to be enveloped in a minor sun flare.

Don’t forget to put on lots of sun screen lotion.

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By dugout, May 19, 2011 at 9:57 am Link to this comment

Could this account for the fact that many Republican
legislators have broken from their orbit—and are
now on hyperbolas which will take them out of our
solar system? (

(Question of course is will they take the whole Earth
with them?)

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By johnnyfarout, May 19, 2011 at 9:03 am Link to this comment

Anyone who has read the Sitchin series of books, “the Earth Chronicles” will not be surprised at this “catch-up”.
http://www.amazon.com/Twelfth-Planet-Book-Earth-Chronicles/dp/0061379131/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1305820842&sr=1-1

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