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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Planets just wandering around without an orbit?


"NEW YORK -- Are these planets without orbits? Astronomers have found 10 potential planets as massive as Jupiter wandering through a slice of the Milky Way galaxy, following either very wide orbits or no orbit at all. And scientists think they are more common than the stars."

I don't find this exciting, this is terrifying actually.  Stephen Hawking weighed in on this:

"It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand or million," Hawking said. "Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain inward-looking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space."

So let's quit killing each other and get off this rock.


  1. as we all prepare to get killed by aimless space rocks (where is that vector-graphic spaceship from Asteroids when you need it?), let's take care of priorities .... Tt's "wandering," not "wondering." We'll be wondering what happened when the wandering space chunk snuffs us.

  2. It is indeed, "wandering" not "wondering".