Planetary Formation

Astronomers Image 62 Newly-Forming Planetary Systems

Astronomers using the Very Large Telescope in Chile have now completed one of the largest surveys ever to hunt for…

3 months ago

Massive Stars Have the Power to Shape Solar Systems

Stars shape their solar systems. It's true of ours, and it's true of others. But for some massive stars, their…

3 months ago

Clumps Around a Young Star Could Eventually Turn Into Planets Like Jupiter

New images from the European Southern Observatory show a young star surrounded by dusty clumps that could collapse and create…

10 months ago

Venus Needed Asteroid Impacts to Get its Volcanoes Going

Unlike Earth, Venus lacks the plate tectonics that give rise to volcanoes. But the surface of Venus looks far younger…

10 months ago

Some Star Systems Create a Planet Sandwich

A recent study presented at the National Astronomy Meeting 2023 (NAM2023) examines a newly discovered planetary formation theory that challenges…

11 months ago

A Planet has Whipped Up Spiral Arms Around a Young Star

Astronomers have observed dozens of newly forming stars surrounded by protoplanetary disks. Some look like grooved vinyl records, while others…

11 months ago

Bizarre Exoplanet Breaks All the Orbital Rules

A fluffy hot jupiter has an orbit that doesn't line up with the rotation of its star.

1 year ago

What Would Happen if the Solar System Gained a Super-Earth?

In this era of exoplanet discovery, astronomers have found over 5,000 confirmed exoplanets, with thousands more awaiting confirmation and many…

1 year ago

Most Exoplanets Suffer Worse Space Weather Than We Do

We have it relatively easy on the Earth. Our Sun is relatively calm. The space weather environment in the solar…

1 year ago

Trading Spaces: How Swapping Stars Create Hot Jupiters

Star clusters tend to host more hot Jupiters than average, but why? A team of astronomers have proposed a new…

1 year ago