debris disks

White Dwarfs Could Support Life. So Where are All Their Planets?

Astronomers have found plenty of white dwarf stars surrounded by debris disks. Those disks are the remains of planets destroyed…

4 months ago

JWST Looks at the Debris Disc Around a White Dwarf

White dwarfs are the ultimate fate of stars like our Sun, and one of the most exciting examples is located…

4 months ago

Webb Examined an Asteroid Belt and Found More Than it Bargained For

One of the things astronomers would love to see is planets forming around other stars. That would help us understand…

10 months ago

Astronomers Directly Image Debris Disk and find a Jupiter-Sized Planet Orbiting a Sunlike Star

The SHINE collaboration recently observed a Super-Jupiter within a young debris orbiting a nearby star. Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO); M. Weiss…

1 year ago

Another Collection of Newly Forming Planetary Systems. This Time from the Gemini Planet Imager

Over the next decade, several very powerful telescopes will come online. Observing time on these 'scopes will be in high…

4 years ago

Astronomers See the Wreckage from a Collision Between Exoplanets

The history of our Solar System is punctuated with collisions. Collisions helped create the terrestrial planets and end the reign…

4 years ago

The Oldest and Coldest White Dwarf Ever Found has Bizarre Dust Rings Around it

A citizen scientist recently discovered a white dwarf star that has multiple dust rings, a finding which could force a…

5 years ago

New Ideas for the Mysterious Tabby’s Star: a Gigantic Planet or a Planet With Rings

Tabby's Star is dimming again, and two new studies have been released that offer new and interesting theories on what…

7 years ago

Hubble Images Three Debris Disks Around G-type Stars

A new study probes the circum-stellar disks structures (CDSs) around 3 Sun-like stars to try to better understand the structure…

7 years ago

Search for Planetary Nurseries in the Latest Citizen Science Project

Growing up, my sister played video games and I read books. Now that she has a one-year-old daughter we constantly…

10 years ago