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Ancient stars shed light on Earth's similarities to other planets  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Earth-like planets may be common in the universe, a new study implies. The team of astrophysicists and geochemists presents new evidence that the Earth is not unique. more
Oxygen fugacities of extrasolar rocks: Evidence for an Earth-like geochemistry of exoplanets  Science Magazine · 2 days
Oxygen fugacity is a measure of rock oxidation that influences planetary structure and evolution. Most rocky bodies in the Solar System formed at oxygen... more
Ancient stars shed light on Earth's similarities to other planets  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Earth-like planets may be common in the universe, a new UCLA study implies. The team of astrophysicists and geochemists presents new evidence that the Earth is not unique.... more
How the Nobel Prize-Winning Exoplanet Was Found  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 days
The 1995 discovery showed that the sun isn't the only star to host a family of planets — something we had long figured but never demonstrated — and also that the universe is really,... more
Venus May Never Have Been Wet and Warm World  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
A team of planetary researchers from the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and elsewhere has found that a... more
NASA unveils flexible, one-size-fits-all space suits  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Bye bye to bunny hops: when US astronauts next touch down on the Moon, expect them to walk almost as they do on Earth, thanks to a new generation of spacesuits offering key advantages over those... more
New research suggests global ice age changed the face of the planet  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Curtin University researchers have discovered that a global ice age more than 600 million years ago dramatically altered the face of the planet, leaving... more
Liquifying a Rocky Exoplanet  ASTRO WATCH · 6 days
Rocky exoplanets that are around Earth-size are comparatively small, which makes them incredibly difficult to detect and characterize using telescopes. What are the optimal conditions to find such... more
Astrophysicists use artificial intelligence to determine exoplanets sizes  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Using a machine learning technique, a team of Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço researchers constrained the radius of an exoplanet with known mass. more
Past, present and future  ESA · 1 week
Exoplanet pioneer Michel Mayor, one of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics winners, met early career scientists during his recent visit to ESA in Spain more
Pyramid-Size Asteroid to Hurtle Past Earth (Again)  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
A fast-moving visitor is approaching our cosmic neighborhood. Dubbed 2019 SX5, this near-Earth object is about the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza. more
Pyramid-Size Asteroid Hurtles Past Earth (Again)  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
A fast-moving visitor is approaching our cosmic neighborhood. Dubbed 2019 SX5, this near-Earth object is about the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza. more
Light my fire: How to start up fusion devices every time  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
How do you start a fusion reaction, the process that lights the sun and stars, on Earth? Like lighting a match to start a fire, you... more
ESO Releases Beautiful New Image of Comet C/2016 R2  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has released an incredibly beautiful image of an Oort cloud comet called C/2016... more
Liquifying a rocky exoplanet  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Rocky exoplanets that are around Earth-size are comparatively small, which makes them incredibly difficult to detect and characterise using telescopes. What are the optimal conditions to find such small planets that linger in the darkness? "A rocky planet that is... more
Liquifying a rocky exoplanet  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A hot, molten Earth would be around 5% larger than its solid counterpart. The difference between molten and solid rocky planets is important for the search of Earth-like worlds beyond our Solar System and the understanding of Earth itself. more
New large-sized insect species discovered in tropical forest  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Scientists have studied the diversity of tropical parasitoid wasps for years. Parasitoid wasps are among the most species rich animal taxa on Earth, but their tropical diversity is still poorly known. Recently,... more
Carbon-rich hot bubble detected in the planetary nebula NGC 5189  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Using ESA's XMM-Newton space telescope, astronomers have found that the planetary nebula NGC 5189 harbors a carbon-enriched X-ray-emitting hot bubble. The discovery, presented in a paper published September... more
Exoplanet explorers  ESA · 1 week
Watch Nobel laureate Michel Mayor’s seminar about exoplanets Thursday 10:30–11:30 CEST live from ESA’s European Space Astronomy Centre more
Cosmic theorist and planet-hunters share physics prize as Nobels reward otherworldly discoveries  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
This year's Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to three researchers for their contributions to two unique fields. more
Exoplanet and cosmology discoveries awarded Nobel Prize in Physics  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
ESA congratulates 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics laureates Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, who have been awarded the prestigious prize for the first discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type... more
Kepler books Soyuz for first two service-grade satellites   SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
As it explores changes to its constellation orbit and spacecraft design, Kepler Communications on Oct. 7 said it nonetheless secured... more
Physics Nobel honors architect of modern cosmology, discoverers of other worlds  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Researchers found the first exoplanet around a sunlike star and laid the groundwork for a universe with dark matter and dark energy more
Exoplanet and cosmology discoveries awarded Nobel Prize in Physics  ESA · 2 weeks
ESA congratulates 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics laureates Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, who have been awarded the... more
From 'weirdo' PhD stargazer to Nobel Physics laureate  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
As a student astronomer scanning the skies with homemade instruments a quarter of a century ago, Didier Queloz spent months doubting the data that led him to an inescapable conclusion: he'd just... more
New large-sized insect species discovered in tropical forest  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Scientists at the Biodiversity Unit of the University of Turku in Finland have studied the diversity of tropical parasitoid wasps for years. Parasitoid wasps are among the most species rich animal taxa... more
CERN congratulates 2019 physics Nobel Prize winners  CERN · 2 weeks
CERN congratulates 2019 physics Nobel Prize winners Ana Lopes abelchio Tue, 10/08/2019 - 15:41 CERN congratulates James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz on the award of the Nobel Prize in physics “for contributions... more
Exoplanets: tantalising search for life beyond the solar system  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
This year's Nobel Prize for Physics honoured Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, Swiss astronomers who proved the existence of a planet orbiting a star far beyond the Earth's solar system. more
Science of far-away planets and infant universe wins Nobel prize  REUTERS · 2 weeks
Canadian-American cosmologist James Peebles and Swiss scientists Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz won the 2019 Nobel... more
Peebles, Mayor, Queloz win Nobel physics prize for discoveries in astronomy  REUTERS · 2 weeks
Canadian-American cosmologist James Peebles and Swiss scientists Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz won the... more
Physics Nobel honors the discovery of exoplanets and the evolution of the universe  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Researchers found the first exoplanet around a sun-like star and laid the groundwork for a universe with dark matter and dark energy more
Kepler books Soyuz for first two operational satellites   SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
WASHINGTON — As it explores changes to its constellation orbit and spacecraft design, Kepler Communications on Oct. 7 said it... more
Saturn surpasses Jupiter after the discovery of 20 new moons  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Move over Jupiter; Saturn is the new moon king. A team has found 20 new moons orbiting Saturn. This brings the ringed planet's total number of moons to... more
Was Venus once warm and wet? New study of lava flow suggests not  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A new study of the Ovda Fluctus lava flow on Venus indicates that it is made of basaltic lava. This discovery weakens... more
TESS Discovers Its First Brown Dwarf  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astronomers using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have discovered an intermediate-mass brown dwarf orbiting a young star about 841 light-years from Earth. Named... more
Exoplanet zoo  ESA · 2 weeks
Space Science Image of the Week: More than 200 children imagined diverse extra-solar worlds at ESA’s Open Day more
Many Gas Giant Exoplanets Waiting To Be Discovered  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
There is an as-yet-unseen population of Jupiter-like planets orbiting nearby Sun-like stars, awaiting discovery by future missions like NASA’s WFIRST... more
Exoplanets to medical tests: Tiny frequency devices open up new applications  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Accurately measuring frequencies of light is required for timekeeping. It's also a critical component in many science experiments and technologies, from military defense to detecting air... more
Exoplanet orbits its star every 18 hours  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In the past decade, thousands of planets have been discovered beyond our solar system. These planets have provided astronomers with the opportunity to study planetary systems that defy our preconcieved notions. This includes particularly... more
Exoplanets to medical tests: Tiny frequency devices open up new applications  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Accurately measuring frequencies of light is required for timekeeping and many science experiments and technologies. Frequency combs, invented in 2000, are used to complete these measurements.... more
Nearly a decade in the making, exoplanet-hunting instrument installed in Hawaii  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A top a dormant volcano in Hawaii, an extremely delicate instrument—designed to help scientists find distant worlds—is scattered across the floor in hundreds of pieces. more
Louisiana hopes to fight coast erosion by mimicking nature  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Back when the Mississippi River flowed wild, its ever-shifting waters acted as a continent-sized earth mover, picking up sand and dirt from the North, depositing it in the Delta region... more
NASA's space geodesy project mapping out a bright future  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In April 2019, an international team of more than 300 scientists unveiled the first recorded images of a black hole, its dark shadow and vivid orange disk peering back across... more
Formation of exoplanetary satellites by pull-down capture  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
The large size and wide orbit of the recently announced exomoon candidate Kepler-1625b-i are hard to explain within traditional theories of satellite formation. We show that these properties can be reproduced if the satellite... more
Astronomers identify four globular cluster planetary nebulae candidates  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Astronomers from Chile and Argentina report the detection of four new planetary nebulae (PN) candidates residing in galactic globular clusters (GCs). If confirmed, the discovery would double the number of known PNe... more
A Planet That Should Not Exist  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
Astronomers detected a giant planet orbiting a small star. The planet has much more mass than theoretical models predict. While this surprising discovery was... more
Many gas giant exoplanets waiting to be discovered  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
There is an as-yet-unseen population of Jupiter-like planets orbiting nearby Sun-like stars, awaiting discovery by future missions like NASA's WFIRST space telescope, according to new models of gas giant planet formation by... more
Many gas giant exoplanets waiting to be discovered  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
There is an as-yet-unseen population of Jupiter-like planets orbiting nearby Sun-like stars, awaiting discovery by future missions like NASA's WFIRST space telescope, according to new models of gas giant planet formation. more
TESS Spots Its First Tidal Disruption Event  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) gave astronomers an unexpected glimpse at a black hole violently ripping apart a Sun-sized star. It... more
Giant exoplanet around tiny star challenges understanding of how planets form  nanowerk · 3 weeks
Astronomers have discovered the first large gas giant orbiting a small star. The planet was found orbiting the nearby red dwarf star GJ 3512. This discovery... more
Exoplanet discovery blurs the line between large planets and small stars  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The discovery of yet another exoplanet is no longer news. More than 4,000 planets around other stars have now been found since the detection of the... more
Scientists puzzled by really big planet orbiting really little star  REUTERS · 3 weeks
Scientists are expressing surprise after discovering a solar system 30 light-years away from Earth that defies... more
Caught in the act: a black hole rips apart an unfortunate star  REUTERS · 3 weeks
Scientists have captured a view of a colossal black hole violently ripping apart a doomed star, illustrating a extraordinary and chaotic cosmic event from... more
A planet that should not exist  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Astronomers detected a giant planet orbiting a small star. The planet has much more mass than theoretical models predict. more
Big world around tiny star puts new spin on planet formation  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A giant world discovered around a tiny star is putting a new spin on how planets form. more
A giant exoplanet orbiting a very-low-mass star challenges planet formation models  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
Surveys have shown that super-Earth and Neptune-mass exoplanets are more frequent than gas giants around low-mass stars, as predicted by the core accretion theory of planet... more
Second-Known Interstellar Object Gets Official Name: 2I/Borisov  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
New observations and analysis of the recently-discovered comet C/2019 Q4 have confirmed its hyperbolic orbit and interstellar origin. Experts from the Minor... more
Computing and the search for new planets  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
When MIT launched the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing this fall, one of the goals was to drive further innovation in computing across all of MIT's schools. Researchers are already expanding beyond... more
Venus May Have Been Habitable for Three Billion Years  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
The Venusian climate remained stable and temperate for about three billion years, until a mysterious global event resurfaced... more
Computing and the search for new planets  MIT · 4 weeks
MIT planetary scientists partner with computer scientists to find exoplanets. more
Could Venus have been habitable?  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Venus may have been a temperate planet hosting liquid water for 2-3 billion years, until a dramatic transformation starting over 700 million years ago resurfaced around 80% of the planet. A study presented today at the EPSC-DPS Joint... more
Introducing VPLanet: A virtual planet simulator for modeling distant worlds across time  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
University of Washington astrobiologist Rory Barnes has created software that simulates multiple aspects of planetary evolution across billions of years, with an eye toward... more
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