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2010-11-18 13:55:00

Galactic cannibalism brings an exoplanet of extragalactic origin within astronomers' reach An exoplanet orbiting a star that entered our Milky Way from another galaxy has been detected by a European team of astronomers using the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile. The Jupiter-like planet is particularly unusual, as it is orbiting a star nearing the end of its life and could be about to be engulfed by it, giving tantalizing clues about the fate of our own...

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2009-06-14 11:40:00

Astronomers have reason to believe that they have witnessed signs of the first planet to be spotted outside of our galaxy. The planet is located in the Andromeda galaxy and is estimated to have a mass six times that of Jupiter. The method of viewing this newly discovered planet is through gravitational lensing, where the light from a very distant, bright source is "bent" around a massive object between the source object and the observer. The team that utilized a type of gravitational...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'