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Ten AUs is not that far though ... Im not total sure of this but I think jupiter is more than 10 AUs away from our sun. Even if its not, some of the out planets are definitely more than 10 AUs away from our sun, which they orbit.
    
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Could this be the 'Winged Disc'...Nibiru??? Our fellow overclock.net brothers in the southern hemisphere should see a brownish-red star in the night sky...
There is no way you would see a jupiter-like planet with your naked eye if it was not part of our solar system. Its much too far away and not nearly bright enough.
    
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NASA: "So.... remember all those doomsday scenarios about meteorites destroying human civilization as we know it? Good news! We fixed that with anti-matter lasers that we built from studies at CERN. Bad news, we have a planet the size of Jupiter ping-ponging through the neighborhood and it pretty much looks like it's headed straight for us...."
Reminded me of this guy...

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Ten AUs is not that far though ... Im not total sure of this but I think jupiter is more than 10 AUs away from our sun. Even if its not, some of the out planets are definitely more than 10 AUs away from our sun, which they orbit.
Jupiter orbits at around 5.2 AU from the sun.
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It's news because we have actually found some empirical evidence in nature instead of just theorizing.
No star within 10 AUs is not evidence enough ... 10 AUs is not far enough to rule out the possibility of a host star. Frankly I am surprised this got published like this.

Jupiter is 5.2 AUs from our sun.

Neptune is 30 AUs from our sun.

Pluto is 40 AUs from out sun.

Though Jupiter is less than 10 AUs from the sun, clearly there are planets in our own system that are much more than 10 AUs from the sun.

The size of a planet does not have an effect on its ability to orbit a star. All planets regardless of their own mass orbit stars at the same rate in reference to the distance away from the star. This is why astronomers use the orbiting moons and planets to measure the mass of their host planets and stars, because orbits follow a constant set of laws that do not depend on the size of the orbiting object itself. The only thing that matters is the size of the host object. Lots of planets can and do orbit more than 10 AUs away from their host star and a Jupiter sized planet would be no more or less likely to orbit at a further distance than any other planet.
    
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Pluto is 40 AUs from out sun.

Pluto? Feeling nostalgic, are we?

A somewhat relevant shirt

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Pluto? Feeling nostalgic, are we?
shhhhh
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Pluto? Feeling nostalgic, are we?
No ... using it as an example to make a point. There are object that orbit our sun even further away than pluto. Pluto is just a larger than average object in the Kuiper belt.
    
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They detected evidence of 10 Jupiter-sized objects with no parent star found within 10 Astronomical Units (AU). One AU is equivalent to the distance between our Earth and Sun. Further analysis led them to the conclusion that most of these objects did not have parent stars.
So they have a quick look within 10 AU to see whether these are potential rogues, then they do further analysis and confirm they have no parent star....
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NASA: "So.... remember all those doomsday scenarios about meteorites destroying human civilization as we know it? Good news! We fixed that with anti-matter lasers that we built from studies at CERN. Bad news, we have a planet the size of Jupiter ping-ponging through the neighborhood and it pretty much looks like it's headed straight for us...."
Lol.
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