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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

Images from the surface of asteroid Ryugu yield clues to its composition

New images taken by a lander on the surface of the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu have yielded clues into the composition and origins of its rocks, which bear strong similarities to primitive meteorites called carbonaceous chondrites.

22 Aug 2019 Science

Maximum mass of lightest neutrino revealed using astronomical big data

While the differences between the masses are known, little information was available about the mass of the lightest species until now.

22 Aug 2019 Physical Review Letters

Atacama Desert microbes may hold clues to life on Mars

Microbial life on Mars may potentially be transported across the planet on dust particles carried by wind.

22 Aug 2019 Scientific Reports

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

Precious metals may still be locked inside the Moon

Geologists have long speculated that four and a half billion years ago, the Moon was formed from the Earth by the impact of a massive planet-sized object, so the expectation is that this common history would result in similar compositions for the two bodies.

19 Aug 2019 Nature Geoscience

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

Glitch in neutron star reveals its hidden secrets

In a paper published today scientists have studied the Vela Pulsar, a neutron star in the southern sky, that is 1,000 light years away

12 Aug 2019 Nature Astronomy

Meteorite strikes made life on Earth possible

University of Tübingen research team shows that a significant amount of the Earth´s water and carbon came from the outer Solar System.

12 Aug 2019 Nature Geoscience

Where in the universe can you find a black hole nursery?

Gravitational wave researchers at the University of Birmingham have developed a new model that could help astronomers track down the origin of heavy black hole systems in the Universe.

7 Aug 2019 Physical Review D

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