planet formation

Webb Joins the Hunt for Protoplanets

We can't understand what we can't clearly see. That fact plagues scientists who study how planets form. Planet formation happens…

4 weeks ago

This Planet-Forming Disk has More Water Than Earth’s Oceans

Astronomers have detected a large amount of water vapour in the protoplanetary disk around a young star. There's at least…

2 months ago

How We Get Planets from Clumping Dust

Our gleaming Earth, brimming with liquid water and swarming with life, began as all rocky planets do: dust. Somehow, mere…

2 months ago

This Planet is Way Too Big for its Star

Scientists love outliers. Outliers are nature's way of telling us what its boundaries are and where its limits lie. Rather…

5 months ago

JWST Reveals Protoplanetary Disks in a Nearby Star Cluster

The Orion Nebula is a favourite among stargazers, certainly one of mine. It’s a giant stellar nebula out of which,…

5 months ago

JWST Searches for Planets in the Fomalhaut System

The Fomalhaut system is nearby in astronomical terms, and it's also one of the brightest stars in the night sky.…

6 months ago

Seeing the Moment Planets Start to Form

Nature makes few duplicates, and planets are as distinct from one another as snowflakes are. But planets all start out…

7 months ago

Machine Learning is a Powerful Tool When Searching for Exoplanets

A new machine learning technique will help astronomers detect young exoplanets in disks surrounding other stars.

1 year ago

Jupiter is up to 9% Rock and Metal, Which Means it Ate a lot of Planets in its Youth

Jupiter is composed almost entirely of hydrogen and helium. The amounts of each closely conform to the theoretical quantities in…

2 years ago

We’ve Now Seen Planet-Forming Disks Around Hundreds of Young Stars. What Do They Tell Us?

Is our Solar System comparable to other solar systems? What do other systems look like? We know from exoplanet studies…

2 years ago