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

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, or musing about books and the writing life at
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