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James Webb telescope discovers new type of object in interstellar space

By T.K. Randall
October 4, 2023 · Comment icon 17 comments

Jupiter Mass Binary Objects photographed by the James Webb Space Telescope.
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, CSA/Mark McCaughrean and Sam Pearson
The telescope has discovered pairs of flee-floating planet-sized objects that have been dubbed 'JuMBOs'.
A brand new interstellar mystery has left astronomers scratching their heads this week and it comes courtesy of the remarkable resolution and infrared sensitivity of the James Webb Space Telescope.

Known as Jupiter Mass Binary Objects - these mysterious 'planets', which seem to occur in pairs, are (as the name suggests) around the size of Jupiter and have been found wandering the interstellar void far from any solar system in the depths of the Orion Nebula.

Exactly how such objects come about remains unclear.
One possibility is that they form around a star before being kicked out into interstellar space, while another is that they form inside regions of a nebula that are not dense enough for stars to form.

"The ejection hypothesis is the favored one at the moment," the European Space Agency's senior science adviser Prof Mark McCaughrean told BBC News.

"Gas physics suggests you shouldn't be able to make objects with the mass of Jupiter on their own, and we know single planets can get kicked out from star systems. But how do you kick out pairs of these things together?"

"Right now, we don't have an answer. It's one for the theoreticians."

Source: BBC News | Comments (17)

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Comment icon #8 Posted by Antigonos 2 months ago
Scientists have theorized there may be one causing the disturbances of objects in the Oort cloud. One even thinks there may have been one which was cast out of our solar system during its formation. Perhaps they are one and the same?  I can’t link the article but here’s a screenshot of the title for the latter  
Comment icon #9 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 2 months ago
  Can we try and stay on topic please, this is not the US News and Politics forum. Thank you.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Alchopwn 2 months ago
Ahh, the alleged planet Nibiru.  I have had a few conversations about this with Nephilim believers and Astronomers about this.  The issue is one of detecting perturbations in the orbits of known planets as an indication of the presence of other large sources of gravity in the area.  Unfortunately, it is not impossible that our ancestors encountered a rogue planet that slammed into the planet that became the asteroid belt, but if that is what happened, there is also every chance that it was a one-off rogue planet event and not a regular cycle imo.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 2 months ago
Antigonos was not talking about Nibiru, he was talking about this:  
Comment icon #12 Posted by Alchopwn 2 months ago
I guess I owe Antigonos an apology as I am aware that Nibiru has a certain kook flavor that I didn't intend to imply.  I only raise it as for a long time the whole rogue planet narrative was dominated by Nibiru nonsense.  To be fair, something dramatic created the asteroid belt.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 2 months ago
Jupiter created the asteroid belt. Its gravitational influence in that region is so great that it simply prevented large objects forming. As soon as planetesimals formed Jupiter ripped them apart again. Rather than being a planet that was destroyed the asteroid belt represents a planet that never got started.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 months ago
LINK:  nomad planets could outnumber stars by as many as 100,000 to 1. They already knew that. What is new here is that they are traveling in pairs. Never saw that before.   
Comment icon #15 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 months ago
If Nibiru exists, it is then, an orbited planet, not rogue.   At one time, it may have been rogue and went breezing by this solar system in the perfect trajectory, so as to become orbited.  But, be aware... Nibiru's orbit is 3,600 years and cuts through every planet's orbit in our solar system twice - on the way in, and on the way out.  Our solar system is 4.5 billion years old. So if Nibiru has been here all along, that would be 1,250,000 orbits x 2, or 2.5 million chances to collide with 8 planets + Pluto + Asteroids. So my belief is, if Nibiru exists, I would believe it to be a rogue p... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 2 months ago
It's not a matter of belief, it's a matter of evidence. The amount of evidence in support of Nibiru is absolutely zero. As you have pointed out, the amount of evidence suggesting that Nibiru not only doesn't, but can't exist is quite high. Therefore, on the balance of evidence, Nibiru does not exist. All of which is irrelevant because this topic is NOT about Nibiru and @Alchopwnonly mentioned it mistakenly.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Alchopwn 2 months ago
I don't believe in Nibiru either.  I am sorry I even raised the issue of goddamn Nibiru. SMH D'oh.

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