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Carbon monoxide detectors could warn of extraterrestrial life
A UC Riverside-led team used computer models of chemistry in the biosphere and atmosphere to identify two intriguing scenarios in which carbon monoxide readily accumulates in the atmospheres of living planets. (2019-03-19)
Neural networks predict planet mass
To find out how planets form astrophysicists run complicated and time consuming computer calculations. (2019-03-13)
ALMA observes the formation sites of solar-system-like planets
Researchers have spotted the formation sites of planets around a young star resembling our sun. (2019-03-13)
Scientists go to extremes to reveal make-up of Earth's core
Experiments conducted at extreme conditions are giving scientists new insights into the chemical make-up of the Earth's core. (2019-03-12)
Kepler Space Telescope's first exoplanet candidate confirmed
An international team of astronomers announced the confirmation of the first exoplanet candidate identified by NASA's Kepler Mission. (2019-03-08)
'Goldilocks' stars may be 'just right' for finding habitable worlds
A new study finds a particular class of stars called K stars, which are dimmer than the Sun but brighter than the faintest stars, may be particularly promising targets for searching for signs of life. (2019-03-07)
Assembly in the air: Using sound to defy gravity
Scientists at the University of Bath have levitated particles using sound in an experiment which could have applications in so-called 'soft robotics.' (2019-03-04)
The case of the over-tilting exoplanets
For almost a decade, astronomers have tried to explain why so many pairs of planets outside our solar system have an odd configuration -- their orbits seem to have been pushed apart by a powerful unknown mechanism. (2019-03-04)
Scientists track deep history of planets' motions, and effects on Earth's climate
Using cores of rock, scientists have mapped out the tracks of several planets that influence the orbit, and thus the climate, of Earth, in a period 200 million years ago. (2019-03-04)
Exiled planet linked to stellar flyby 3 million years ago
Paul Kalas of UC Berkeley was puzzled by the tilted but stable orbit of a planet around a binary star -- an orbit like that of our solar system's proposed Planet Nine. (2019-02-28)
Pluto and Charon's ancient scars reveal a dearth of small Kuiper Belt objects
By mapping the scars of ancient impacts on the surfaces of Pluto and Charon, researchers have gained a better understanding of the formation and evolution of the Kuiper Belt, a vast halo of orbiting debris lying at the fringes of our solar system. (2019-02-28)
SwRI-led New Horizons research indicates small Kuiper Belt objects are surprisingly rare
Using New Horizons data from the Pluto-Charon flyby in 2015, a Southwest Research Institute-led team of scientists have indirectly discovered a distinct and surprising lack of very small objects in the Kuiper Belt. (2019-02-28)
More support for Planet Nine
Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin offer further clues about Planet Nine. (2019-02-27)
New NASA mission could find more than 1,000 planets
A NASA telescope that will give humans the largest, deepest, clearest picture of the universe since the Hubble Space Telescope could find as many as 1,400 new planets outside Earth's solar system, new research suggests. (2019-02-25)
Astronomers from UCI, other institutions use new technique to find extrasolar planets
Scientists from the University of California, Irvine and other institutions have begun using the Habitable Planet Finder, a spectrograph coupled with the Hobby-Eberly Telescope at McDonald Observatory in Texas, to hunt for exoplanets at M-dwarf stars. (2019-02-21)
Penn State's Habitable Zone Planet Finder enables discovery of planets around cool stars
A new astronomical spectrograph provides the highest precision measurements to date of infrared signals from nearby stars, allowing astronomers to detect planets capable of having liquid water on their surfaces that orbit cool stars outside our solar system. (2019-02-20)
Citizen scientist finds ancient white dwarf star with enigmatic dust rings
Volunteer working with the Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 project has found the oldest and coldest known white dwarf star, ringed by dust and debris. (2019-02-19)
NIST 'Astrocomb' opens new horizons for planet-hunting telescope
The hunt for Earth-like planets, and perhaps extraterrestrial life, just got more precise, thanks to record-setting starlight measurements made possible by a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 'astrocomb.' (2019-02-19)
Citizen scientist finds ancient white dwarf star encircled by puzzling rings
The oldest and coldest known white dwarf -- an Earth-sized remnant of a sun-like star that has died -- could be the first known white dwarf with multiple dust rings. (2019-02-19)
Carbonaceous chondrites provide clues about the delivery of water to Earth
An international study led by researchers from the Institute of Space Sciences, from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya has discovered that carbonaceous chondrites, a class of meteorites, incorporated hydrated minerals along with organic material from the protoplanetary disk before the formation of planets. (2019-02-14)
Earth's magnetic shield booms like a drum when hit by impulses
The Earth's magnetic shield booms like a drum when it is hit by strong impulses, according to new research from Queen Mary University of London. (2019-02-12)
Do you like Earth's solid surface and life-inclined climate? Thank your lucky (massive) star
Earth's solid surface and moderate climate may be due, in part, to a massive star in the birth environment of the sun, according to new computer simulations of planet formation. (2019-02-11)
Study shows unusual microbes hold clues to early life
A new study has revealed how a group of deep-sea microbes provides clues to the evolution of life on Earth, according to a recent paper in The ISME Journal. (2019-02-07)
Hubble reveals dynamic atmospheres of Uranus, Neptune
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered another mysterious dark storm on Neptune and provided a fresh look at a long-lived storm circling around the north polar region on Uranus. (2019-02-07)
Massive collision in the planetary system Kepler 107
Two of the planets which are orbiting the star Kepler 107 could be the result of an impact similar to that which affected the Earth to produce the moon. (2019-02-06)
Electron-gun simulations explain the mechanisms of high-energy cosmic rays
A new study published in EPJ D provides a rudimentary model for simulating cosmic rays' collisions with planets by looking at the model of electrons detached from a negative ion using photons. (2019-02-06)
Novel experiment validates widely speculated mechanism behind the formation of stars
Feature describes use of Magnetorotational Instability Experiment at PPPL to confirm an important mechanism involved in star formation. (2019-02-05)
Ancient asteroid impacts played a role in creation of Earth's future continents
The heavy bombardment of terrestrial planets by asteroids from space has contributed to the formation of the early evolved crust on Earth that later gave rise to continents - home to human civilization. (2019-01-31)
Missing link in planet evolution found
For the first time ever, astronomers have detected a 1.3 km radius body at the edge of the solar system. (2019-01-28)
Environmental protection in outer space
Should regulations for environmental protection be valid beyond our solar system? (2019-01-24)
Astronomers find star material could be building block of life
An organic molecule detected in the material from which a star forms could shed light on how life emerged on Earth, according to new research led by Queen Mary University of London. (2019-01-23)
Planetary collision that formed the moon made life possible on Earth
Most of Earth's life-essential elements probably arrived with the planetary collision that produced the moon. (2019-01-23)
Where is Earth's submoon?
Juna Kollmeier and Sean Raymond kicked off an internet firestorm late last year when they posted a draft of their article about submoons on a preprint server. (2019-01-23)
Mystery orbits in outermost reaches of solar system not caused by 'Planet Nine'
The strange orbits of some objects in the farthest reaches of our solar system, hypothesized by some astronomers to be shaped by an unknown ninth planet, can instead be explained by the combined gravitational force of small objects orbiting the sun beyond Neptune, say researchers. (2019-01-20)
Double star system flips planet-forming disk into pole position
New research led by an astronomer at the University of Warwick has found the first confirmed example of a double star system that has flipped its surrounding disc to a position that leaps over the orbital plane of those stars. (2019-01-14)
Nature's magnifying glass reveals unexpected intermediate mass exoplanets
Astronomers have found a new exoplanet that could alter the standing theory of planet formation. (2019-01-08)
TESS discovers its third new planet, with longest orbit yet
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, TESS, has discovered a third small planet outside our solar system, scientists announced this week at the annual American Astronomical Society winter meeting in Seattle. (2019-01-07)
Early protostar already has a warped disk
Using observations from the ALMA radio observatory in Chile, researchers have observed, for the first time, a warped disk around an infant protostar that formed just several tens of thousands of years ago. (2018-12-31)
Baby star's fiery tantrum could create the building blocks of planets
A massive stellar flare on a baby star has been spotted by University of Warwick astronomers, shedding light on the origins of potentially habitable exoplanets. (2018-12-21)
Sapphires and rubies in the sky
Researchers at the Universities of Zurich and Cambridge have discovered a new, exotic class of planets outside our solar system. (2018-12-19)
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