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Terrestrial planet formation under the looking glass

January 21, 2021
Astronomers find a cosmic horseshoe around a young star, a possible brick factory for building planets. [more]

The dance of massive stellar couples

January 20, 2021
Astronomers find evidence for stars of young massive binary systems to approach one another within the first million years after birth. [more]

The archaeological record of the Milky Way written by atomic hydrogen

October 21, 2020
Astronomers reveal the most detailed map of the raw material needed to form stars [more]

Earth-like Planets often come with a bodyguard

October 13, 2020
Simulations reveal that rocky super-Earths with thin atmospheres are often protected by a Jupiter-like planet [more]

First joint measurement of exoplanet’s mass and brightness challenges classical model of planet formation

October 02, 2020
A team of astronomers using the ESO instrument GRAVITY has taken the first image of an exoplanet that had previously only been detected indirectly via the spectrum of its star. The result is the first set of measurements that allows astronomers to both determine an exoplanet’s intrinsic brightness and estimate its mass. For the planet, beta Pictoris c, the outcome is surprising: Even though it may have a similar mass as its sister planet beta Pictoris b, its brightness is lower by a factor 6. All in all, beta Pictoris c poses a challenge to the classical model of planet formation by disk instability, and may be brighter than expected from the rival model of core accretion. [more]
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