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Jupiter-like exoplanets found in sweet spot in most planetary systems

21 Jun 2019 at 10:27am
As planets form in the swirling gas and dust around young stars, there seems to be a sweet spot where most of the large, Jupiter-like gas giants congregate, centered around the orbit where Jupiter sits today in our own solar system. Read more...

Surprising link: Tilting of exoplanets and their orbits

5 Mar 2019 at 2:31am
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. Yale researchers say they’ve found a possible answer, and it implies that the planets... Read more...

Cleaning up the clutter: how proto-biology arose from the prebiotic clutter

5 Feb 2019 at 9:32am
To unlock the secrets of how prebiotic clutter transitioned to life, organic chemist Krishnamurthy utilizes a discipline called “systems chemistry.” Read more...

Stellar winds, the source material for the universe, are clumpy

1 Feb 2019 at 11:00am
Data recorded by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory of a neutron star as it passed through a dense patch of stellar wind emanating from its massive companion star provide valuable insight about the structure and composition of stellar winds and about the environment of the neutron star itself. Read more...

Do microbes control the formation of giant copper deposits?

31 Jan 2019 at 11:00am
One of the major issues when studying ore deposits formed in surficial or near-surface environments is the relationship between ore-forming processes and bacteria. Read more...

Missing link in planet evolution found

30 Jan 2019 at 11:00am
For the first time ever, astronomers have detected a 1.3 km radius body at the edge of the Solar System. Read more...

Rover Team Beaming New Commands to Opportunity on Mars

29 Jan 2019 at 11:00am
Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have begun transmitting a new set of commands to the Opportunity rover in an attempt to compel the 15-year-old Martian explorer to contact Earth. Read more...

German Aerospace Center: Institute of Planetary Research

28 Jan 2019 at 10:38am
Each of NASA’s international astrobiology partners take a different tack in looking for the answer to the question of whether there is life elsewhere in the Universe. A creative, multi-pronged investigation is necessary with such a complicated problem. Read more...


26 Jan 2019 at 11:00pm
Data captured by ESA’s galaxy-mapping spacecraft Gaia has revealed for the first time how white dwarfs, the dead remnants of stars like our Sun, turn into solid spheres as the hot gas inside them cools down. This process of solidification, or crystallisation, of the material inside white dwarfs w... Read more...

Mystery orbits in outermost reaches of solar system not caused by ‘Planet Nine’

26 Jan 2019 at 11:00am
The strange orbits of some objects in the farthest reaches of our solar system can instead be explained by the combined gravitational force of small objects orbiting the Sun beyond Neptune, say researchers. Read more...

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