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First extrasolar moon potentially discovered

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Interesting but loaded with weasel wording.

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46 minutes ago, UFOwatcher said:

Interesting but loaded with weasel wording.

It must be grant season!

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Not weasel words, just being cautiously optimistic.  I'm sure a fresh grant would help though.

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4 hours ago, taniwha said:

I thought they found an exomoon sometime back? Or not?

This sentence really should have meant something to you:

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though they'll probably never know for sure exactly what they've found.

 And maybe this one (emphasis mine):

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A team of scientists detected a pair of faraway objects that could be a giant Jupiter-like alien planet and a rocky exomoon flying freely through space, or a small dim star hosting a planet about 18 times more massive than Earth.

In other words they can't be sure what it is. As such, while it is an exomoon candidate (as the article repeatedly refers to it) it can not yet be considered an exomoon discovery. Since it was observed during a random, unrepeatable event it is highly likely that it's true nature will never be proven.

Whilst this new object remains only a candidate for the time being follow up observations can be made so its status as an exomoon should eventually be confirmed/rejected.

Even if the object in the article you linked to is a moon, it is a moon around a rogue planet. This new discovery involves a planet which is actually orbiting a star and as such will be far more relevant in helping to explain our own solar system.

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