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Scientists Discover An Exoplanet So Massive They're Not Even Sure It's A Planet

 
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Scientists Discover An Exoplanet So Massive They're Not Even Sure It's A Planet
Kappa And b could be a super-Jupiter, or it could be a brown dwarf--the exoplanet orbiting a nearby star is so big scientists aren't quite sure what to call it.

You know we’ve found something new and interesting when scientists don’t really know how to classify it. Using the Subaru Telescope an international team of astronomers has discovered a “super-Jupiter” so massive that it seems they’re not quite sure whether to call it a planet or a low-mass brown dwarf (in other words, a star that failed to fire). Located roughly 170 light-years from Earth, the host star is roughly 2.5 times more massive than the sun and its planet is about 13 times larger than Jupiter, making this the highest-mass star to ever host a directly imaged orbital companion--especially one of this size.

Read more: [link to www.popsci.com]
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Bump an 5 stars. Good find op
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Is Nibiruz in steroids shocked
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wow scientists are fucking dumb these days... call it a super-planet jesus christ
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This proves those brown dwarfs are kicking around out there, or maybe closer...
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Bump an 5 stars. Good find op
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I love science news!

Thanks for catch!

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“All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.” ~ Max Planck
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I love science news!

Thanks for catch!

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love this.

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It's always surprising to me to read new science articles about how stuff works, and inevitably there's always a line that reads similar to: "...and scientists were shocked..." or "...and scientists didn't expect these results..."

Now, being somewhat of a "scientific method" person, when I do experiments, it's because I'm expecting certain results to validate and test the hypothesis.

If I were always wrong in my hypothesis and shocked at results, I would have to rethink my career.

Seriously, when you do an experiment, there's a list of plausible outcomes that you would expect -- But each time there's a "surprise" they "didn't see".

In my opinion, this can only happen if your base understanding of fundamental concepts are severely lacking or downright wrong.
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fixed:

[link to vixra.org]

planets are older stars. stars are new planets.
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It's always surprising to me to read new science articles about how stuff works, and inevitably there's always a line that reads similar to: "...and scientists were shocked..." or "...and scientists didn't expect these results..."

Now, being somewhat of a "scientific method" person, when I do experiments, it's because I'm expecting certain results to validate and test the hypothesis.

If I were always wrong in my hypothesis and shocked at results, I would have to rethink my career.

Seriously, when you do an experiment, there's a list of plausible outcomes that you would expect -- But each time there's a "surprise" they "didn't see".

In my opinion, this can only happen if your base understanding of fundamental concepts are severely lacking or downright wrong.
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Spot on.

Modern science (western science especially) is "shackled" by a dogmatic adherence to a rigidly mechanistic & materialistic paradigm.

Suggested reading - "The Science Delusion" (US title: "Science Set Free") by Rupert Sheldrake: [link to www.amazon.com] Also, check out his "banned" TED talk: [link to www.youtube.com]

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