Rogue Planet! and Other News of the Week

Artist’s impression of the free-floating planet CFBDSIR2149, which ranges 100 light-years away from Earth. (ESO/L. Calçada/P. Delorme/Nick Risinger ( Saito/VVV Consortium)

Although Daddyo logged the first official mention with an email time-stamped 12:21 a.m. yesterday morning, judging from my Facebook feed and inbox quite a number of you feel the rogue sunless planet drifting through the galaxies is the top science story of the week. My favorite comment on it comes from my friend Aoife Barrington-Haber, who speculated that it might be the lost Planet Who. Knowing Aoife like I do, I’m betting that’s a Seussical reference. 🙂

The story generating the most interest from The Five-Year-Old, however, is the tale of Remi and his little sister, who used the power of social media to badger their Dad into letting them adopt a cat.

So, what’s caught your eye this week?

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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