Rogue “Planet-Like Object” Floating By Itself 100 Light Years from Earth Is Baffling Astronomers

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A mysterious object floating around by itself out in the middle of space has left astronomers baffled.

The object, called CFBDSIR J214947.2-040308.9 because they want to make sure they can remember it (?), is not orbiting anything… unless you count the galaxy itself.

French astronomers originally thought the rogue planet, which is roughly between four and seven times larger than the planet Jupiter, was part of the AB Doradus moving group, pinning it at somewhere between 50 and 120 million years old.

But more recent observations disprove that assumption. Now they aren’t sure what the object is anymore, leaning away from rogue planet toward brown dwarf — a hybrid too large to be classified as a planet but too small to be an actual star.

“CFBDSIR 2149-0403 is an atypical substellar object that is either a ‘free-floating planet’ or a rare high-metallicity brown dwarf. Or a combination of both,” said Dr Delorme of Grenoble Alpes University.

Then again, considering the thing is really far away, who knows what’s actually going on out there. These people were wrong about this thing for how long? What makes them so sure they are correct now?

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  • Czajk

    Death Star!

    • Frank

      YES! The “brown cloud” appearance is an opaque cloak/shield to block detection of surface construction on the DS.

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        1G cloaking device.

  • tonye

    Also Shat Zarathustra.. a “brown” star_planet

  • Tatiana Covington

    I knew about rogue planets > 50 yr ago. Objects that get started on the way to becoming stars, but which just don’t get massive enough to make enough heat and pressure in their cores, to ignite hydrogen fusion. All there is to it!

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    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Also planets pulled from their orbits by gravitational forces.

      • Tatiana Covington

        Like Bronson Alpha and Bronson Beta.

  • It is not Paranoia

    People still believe this space shit?

    • LocalHero

      Apparently! It amazes me too.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Anyone with more than two brain cells to rub together at least considers it.

      The brainless reject it out of hand, because they lack the mental acuity to imagine looking beyond their noses.

      • It is not Paranoia

        You forgot something religion-related!

        • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

          I don’t normally bring up anti-science when science is the subject at hand, since I’ve been a physicist for twice as long as I’ve been clergy.

          I generally wait for one of the terminally ignorant to dig the hole, then I push them in.

  • Ingmar Blessing

    Floating around on its own without attachment to anything? How about we rename it into Mainstream Media?

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  • Rick E.

    Come on, we all know that it is PUTIN that’s at fault here! Who else could hack outer space?! Certainly NOT OUR inept and incompetent government!

  • Shawn Hill

    They forgot to mention—-is it moving toward us or sideways to somewhere or away from us????????????????????

  • SP_88

    Soon it will circle Uranus and begin looking for Klingons.