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Mysterious object called 'The Accident' has been careening through the Milky Way for 10 billion year

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Manwon Lender

Astronomers have taken the first detailed look at a mysterious Milky Way object known as "The Accident" — and discovered that it's even more perplexing than previous studies indicated. The Accident is not quite a star (scientists can tell from its dim glow that there's no nuclear fusion powering the object), and it's not quite a planet, either. According to a study published June 30 in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, The Accident is something in between — a rare class of object known as a brown dwarf, or a failed star.

This object defied all our expectations," leady study author Davy Kirkpatrick, an astrophysicist at Caltech in Pasadena, California, said in a statement.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/science/mysterious-object-called-the-accident-has-been-careening-through-the-milky-way-for-10-billion-years/ar-AAO3ndf

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pallidin

As long as it's not headed towards Earth, I'm good.

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NCC1701

We are all safe, there is nothing to worry about.

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OpenMindedSceptic

Aliens.

Or Planet X.

 

 

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Nnicolette
22 hours ago, pallidin said:

As long as it's not headed towards Earth, I'm good.

Why is it called the accident anyways?

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pallidin
32 minutes ago, Nnicolette said:

Why is it called the accident anyways?

Failed star... "Brown dwarf"

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GlitterRose

How do we know we're not "The Accident?"

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Manwon Lender
4 hours ago, GlitterRose said:

How do we know we're not "The Accident?"

Because we are in an orbit around the Sun, and the Accident in not orbiting anything  it rogue.

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quiXilver
On 9/3/2021 at 2:21 PM, NCC1701 said:

We are all safe, there is nothing to worry about.

I don't know about safe... that's a bold claim.

As for worry... I don't bother with it, it's a misuse of imagination.

Besides, everyone's life is kinda like a movie where they are the star and every movie ends exactly the same. 

 

The star dies at the end.

And we all get a whole lifetime, no matter how long that turns out to be.

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Timothy
1 hour ago, quiXilver said:

I don't know about safe... that's a bold claim.

As for worry... I don't bother with it, it's a misuse of imagination.

Besides, everyone's life is kinda like a movie where they are the star and every movie ends exactly the same. 

 

The star dies at the end.

And we all get a whole lifetime, no matter how long that turns out to be.

~50 light-years from Earth travelling at ~800,000kph.

If my math is correct (and it could be very wrong), it would take ~67,500 years for something travelling that fast to cover 50 light-years.

So we are safe from ‘The Accident’ at least.

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quiXilver
7 hours ago, Timothy said:

~50 light-years from Earth travelling at ~800,000kph.

If my math is correct (and it could be very wrong), it would take ~67,500 years for something travelling that fast to cover 50 light-years.

So we are safe from ‘The Accident’ at least.

Ah I understand you now.  Yes, agreed.  Safe from 'the accident'.

 

I can get a bit philosophical at times.  Context is everything.

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