The rare molecule weighing in on the birth of planets
The star, named HD 163296, is located 330 light years from Earth and formed over the last six million years.
12 Sep 2019 ⋅ Astrophysical Journal Letters
First water detected on potentially ‘habitable’ planet
Water vapour has been detected in the atmosphere of a super-Earth with habitable temperatures by UCL researchers in a world first.
11 Sep 2019 ⋅ Nature Astronomy
Study shows some exoplanets may have greater variety of life than exists on Earth
Making sense of remote observations requires the development of sophisticated models for planetary climate and evolution to allow scientists to recognize which of these distant planets that might host life.
22 Aug 2019 ⋅ Goldschmidt2019
A second planet in the Beta Pictoris system
The β Pictoris system has fascinated astronomers for the last thirty years since it enables them to observe a planetary system in the process of forming around its star.
19 Aug 2019 ⋅ Nature Astronomy
Second baby planet found using technique pioneered by Monash astrophysicists
Monash astrophysicists using the ALMA telescope in Chile have a made a world-first discovery with the sighting of a second new ‘baby’ planet (two to three times heavier than Jupiter) inside a gas and dust gap.
12 Aug 2019 ⋅ Nature Astronomy
At the edge of chaos: New method for exoplanet stability analysis
Starting with observational data and scalar time series, this method uses complex network topology to deduce the underlying dynamics of systems in a fast, efficient way without the need for n-body simulations.
30 Jul 2019 ⋅ Chaos
TESS discovers three new planets nearby, including temperate ‘sub-Neptune’
Planetary system orbiting an unusually quiet star is ideal for future habitability searches.
29 Jul 2019 ⋅ Nature Astronomy
Discovering exoplanets with gravitational waves
Researchers suggest how the planned space-based gravitational-wave observatory LISA can detect exoplanets orbiting white dwarf binaries everywhere in our Milky Way and in the nearby Magellanic Clouds.
8 Jul 2019 ⋅ Nature Astronomy
A Pair of Fledgling Planets Directly Seen Growing Around a Young Star
While over a dozen exoplanets have been directly imaged, this is only the second multi-planet system to be photographed.
3 Jun 2019 ⋅ Nature Astronomy