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Simultaneous simulation of gravitation and magnetism of a protoplanetary disk  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
From a massive disk of gas and dust rotating around the sun, the earth and the other seven planets of our solar system once developed alongside their moons.... more
Gliese 338Bb: Super-Earth Found in Nearby Binary System  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
Astronomers using the CARMENES spectrograph at Calar Alto Observatory in Spain have discovered a super-Earth exoplanet orbiting an M-dwarf star... more
Heavy-metal alien planet may be shaped like a football  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
An exoplanet may be shaped like an American football due to the mighty gravitational forces it experiences close to its star, a new study finds. more
Astronomers define the 'really habitable zone': Planets capable of producing gin and tonic  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A hospitable star that doesn't kill you with deadly flares. A rocky planet with liquid water and an agreeable climate. Absence of... more
About the distribution of biodiversity on our planet  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Large open-water fish predators such as tunas or sharks hunt for prey more intensively in the temperate zone than near the equator. With this result, a study is challenging a long-standing explanation... more
Warped space-time to help WFIRST find exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) will search for planets outside our solar system toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy, where most stars are. Studying the properties of exoplanet worlds will... more
TESS Discovers Its First Thick-Disk Exoplanet  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Astronomers using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have spotted an Earth-sized planet orbiting LHS 1815, a star in the thick disk of our... more
How will clouds obscure the view of exoplanet surfaces?  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
In 2021, NASA's next-generation observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), will take to space. Once operational, this flagship mission will pick up where other space telescopes—like Hubble, Kepler and... more
Paired with super telescopes, model Earths guide hunt for life  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Astronomers have created five models representing key points from our planet's evolution, like chemical snapshots through Earth's own geologic epochs. The models will be spectral templates for astronomers... more
Paired with super telescopes, model Earths guide hunt for life  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers have created five models representing key points from our planet's evolution, like chemical snapshots through Earth's own geologic epochs. The models will be spectral templates for astronomers... more
Earth's own evolution used as guide to hunt exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Cornell astronomers have created five models representing key points from our planet's evolution, like chemical snapshots through Earth's own geologic epochs. more
Eclectic rocks influence earthquake types  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
New Zealand's largest fault is a jumble of mixed-up rocks of all shapes, sizes, compositions and origins. According to research from a global team of scientists, this motley mixture could help explain why the fault generates slow-motion earthquakes... more
The strange orbits of 'Tatooine' planetary disks  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found striking orbital geometries in protoplanetary disks around binary stars. While disks orbiting the most compact binary star systems share very nearly the same plane,... more
The strange orbits of 'Tatooine' planetary disks (w/video)  nanowerk · 3 weeks
Astronomers have found striking orbital geometries in protoplanetary disks around binary stars. While disks orbiting the most compact binary star systems share very nearly the same plane, disks encircling wide binaries have... more
Snapping an exoplanet shot  nanowerk · 3 weeks
Physicists will develop instruments to directly image exoplanets. more
ALMA Observes Protoplanetary Disks around Binary Stars  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
Using data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a team of astronomers has found striking orbital geometries in circumbinary protoplanetary disks.... more
The strange orbits of 'Tatooine' planetary disks  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found striking orbital geometries in protoplanetary disks around binary stars. While disks orbiting the most compact binary star systems share very nearly the same plane,... more
Subsurface Mercury: Window to ancient, possibly habitable, volatile-rich materials  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
New research raises the possibility that some parts of Mercury's subsurface, and those of similar planets in the galaxy, once could have been capable of fostering prebiotic chemistry, and perhaps... more
NASA selects proposals to study volatile stars, galaxies, cosmic collisions  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
NASA has selected proposals for four missions that would study cosmic explosions and the debris they leave behind, as well as monitor how nearby stellar flares may affect... more
Scientists have discovered the origins of the building blocks of life  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Rutgers researchers have discovered the origins of the protein structures responsible for metabolism: simple molecules that powered early life on Earth and serve as chemical signals... more
Astronomers Discover 139 New Trans-Neptunian Objects  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
Astronomers have released a catalog of 316 trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) — minor planets located in the far reaches of the Solar System — detected... more
Observed: An exoplanet where it rains iron  nanowerk · 4 weeks
This exoplanet, 390 light years away towards the constellation Pisces, has days when its surface temperatures exceed 2,400 Celsius, sufficiently hot to evaporate metals. Its nights, with strong winds, cool down the iron vapour... more
VLT Spies Iron Raining on Ultrahot Exoplanet WASP-76b  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
WASP-76b, a gas-giant exoplanet located some 640 light-years away in the constellation of Pisces, has a day side where temperatures... more
Researchers find new minor planets beyond Neptune  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Using data from the Dark Energy Survey (DES), researchers have found more than 300 trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs), minor planets located in the far reaches of the solar system, including more than 100 new discoveries.... more
New minor planets found beyond Neptune  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Using data from the Dark Energy Survey, researchers have found and cataloged more than 300 minor planets beyond Neptune, including more than 100 new discoveries. This updated catalog of trans-Neptunian objects, and the methods used to... more
Exoplanet where it rains iron discovered  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Researchers have observed an extreme planet where they suspect it rains iron. The ultra-hot giant exoplanet has a day side where temperatures climb above 2400 degrees Celsius, high enough to vaporize metals. Strong winds carry iron... more
Very Large Telescope observes exoplanet where it rains iron  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Researchers using ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have observed an extreme planet where they suspect it rains iron. The ultra-hot giant exoplanet has a day side where temperatures climb above... more
TESS Discovers New Class of Pulsating Star  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
Using data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a team of professional astronomers and citizen scientists has discovered a star that... more
Astronomers Spot Rare Eclipsing Brown-Dwarf Binary System  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
Astronomers using robotic telescopes at ESO’s newest planet-hunting SPECULOOS (Search for habitable Planets EClipsing ULtra-cOOl Stars) Observatory in Chile have spotted a... more
New technique could elucidate earliest stages of planet's life  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A new kind of astronomical observation helped reveal the possible evolutionary history of a baby Neptune-like exoplanet. more
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