exoplanets

This is how you get Tatooines. Binary Star Planet Formation

One of the less appreciated aspects of George Lucas’ vision for Star Wars was that he predicted the existence of…

6 months ago

Incredible! Astronomers see a Moon-Forming Disk Around a Newly Forming Planet

Planetary formation is a complicated, multilayered process.  Even with the influx of data on exoplanets, there are still only two…

6 months ago

There are Probably Many More Earth-Sized Worlds Than Previously Believed

In the past decade, the discovery of extrasolar planets has accelerated immensely. To date, 4,424 exoplanets have been confirmed in…

7 months ago

To Take the Best Direct Images of Exoplanets With Space Telescopes, we’re Going to Want Starshades

The Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (JATIS) has released a special edition of papers dedicated to educating the…

7 months ago

A Lunar Farside Telescope Could Detect Exoplanets Through Their Magnetospheres

Earth's ionosphere blocks us from seeing radio aurora on distant worlds, but a radio telescope on the Moon would let…

7 months ago

A New Technique for “Seeing” Exoplanet Surfaces Based on the Content of their Atmospheres

A new study takes a look at how the presence of a surface can affect an exoplanets atmosphere, giving astrobiologists…

7 months ago

What’s the Connection Between the Chemistry of a Star and the Formation of its Planets?

Scientists seem to have come up with a new parlor game - how many ways can we potentially detect exoplanets? …

8 months ago

The Elements for Life Depend on Both how and Where a Planet Forms

A new study by a team from Rice University has shown that where a planet forms in its star system…

8 months ago

Larger Rocky Planets Might be Rare Because They Shrunk

Researchers at the Flatiron Institute's Center for Computational Astrophysics published a paper last week that just might explain a mysterious…

8 months ago

Hydroxyl (OH) Seen for the First Time in an Exoplanet Atmosphere

The molecule hydroxyl (HO) is common on Earth, but astronomers have not yet determined how abundant it is on other…

9 months ago