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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Planets just wandering around without an orbit?

HP:

"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.

2 comments:

  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.

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

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