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Astronomers See a Moon Forming Around a Baby Exoplanet

July 16, 2019

Astronomers have discovered, for the first time, moons forming in the disk of debris around a large exoplanet.…
Gravitational forces in protoplanetary disks push super-Earths close to stars

May 13, 2019

The galaxy is littered with planetary systems vastly different from ours. In the solar system, the planet closest…
A Star’s Outburst is Releasing Organic Molecules Trapped in the ice Around it

February 8, 2019

According to widely-accepted theories, the Solar System formed roughly 4.6 billion years ago from a massive cloud of…
Double star system flips planet-forming disk into pole position

January 14, 2019

New research led by an astronomer at the University of Warwick has found the first confirmed example of…
Common ground discovered in planet-forming disks

December 17, 2018

A distant star surrounded by a protoplanetary disk of dust and gas has given up more of its…
Unknown Treasure Trove of Planets Found Hiding in Dust

December 7, 2018

The first unbiased survey of protoplanetary disks surrounding young stars in the Taurus star-forming region turned up a…
Not all the Earth’s Water Came From Comets

November 11, 2018

We have comets and asteroids to thank for Earth’s water, according to the most widely-held theory among scientists.…
Giant planets around young star raise questions about how planets form

October 16, 2018

Researchers have identified a young star with four Jupiter and Saturn-sized planets in orbit around it, the first…
How the Seeds of Planets Take Shape

October 14, 2018

In theoretical research that could explain everything from planet formation to outflows from stars, to even the settling…
Forming Dense Metal Planets like Mercury is Probably Pretty Difficult and Rare in the Universe

September 5, 2018

The planet Mercury, the closet planet to our Sun, is something of an exercise in extremes. It’s days…
Stunning First Ever Photograph of a Newly Forming Planet

July 5, 2018

For decades, the most widely-accepted view of how our Solar System formed has been the Nebular Hypothesis. According…
Discovery in the sky with nanodiamonds

June 20, 2018

For decades scientists have been able to measure this ‘glow’ of microwave light, dubbed the anomalous microwave emission…
Look at This Fascinating Variety of Planet-Forming Disks Around Other Stars

April 13, 2018

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has released a stunning collection of images of the circumstellar discs that surround…
Light Echoes Give Clues to Planet Nursery Around Star

May 3, 2016

Imagine you want to measure the size of a room, but it’s completely dark. If you shout, you…
Astrophysicists offer proof that famous image shows forming planets

May 6, 2015

A recent and famous image from deep space marks the first time we’ve seen a forming planetary system,…
Star Pair’s Dusty Disk Shines Light on Planet Formation

April 7, 2015

Astronomers using the Gemini South telescope in Chile have discovered striking new evidence for planet formation in a…
New clues from the dawn of the solar system

March 17, 2015

Sulfide chondrules, a new type of building blocks discovered in meteorites left over from the solar system’s infancy,…
Cosmic dust discs withstand hellfire

March 12, 2015

A team of scientists led by astronomers at the University of Bonn discovered an unusual phenomenon in the…
Hubble gets best view of circumstellar debris disk distorted by planet

February 23, 2015

Astronomers have used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to take the most detailed edge on picture to date of…
Best View Yet of a Young Planet’s Dusty Home

February 20, 2015

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team led by UA astronomers Daniel Apai and Glenn Schneider has obtained the…
How to form planetisimals from mm-sized grains?

January 23, 2015

Sometimes I wonder: how do planets or even smaller asteroids form from an interstellar dust? Certainly, the matter aggregation…
Pluto-like Objects Turn to Dust Around a Nearby Young Star

December 16, 2014

A planetary system’s early days readily tell of turmoil. Giant planets are swept from distant birthplaces into sizzling…
Swarms of Pluto-size objects kick-up dust around adolescent Sun-like star

December 12, 2014

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) may have detected the dusty hallmarks of an entire family…
Swarms of Pluto-Size Objects Kick Up Dust around Adolescent Sun-Like Star

December 12, 2014

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) may have detected the dusty hallmarks of an entire family…
Update: Birth of Planets Revealed in Astonishing Detail in ALMA’s ‘Best Image Ever’

November 7, 2014

Astronomers have captured the best image ever of planet formation around an infant star as part of the…
Revolutionary ALMA image reveals planetary genesis

November 7, 2014

For ALMA’s first observations in its new and most powerful mode, researchers pointed the antennas at HL Tauri…
Drastic chemical change occurring in birth of planetary system: Has the solar system also experienced it?

February 14, 2014

Illustration of rotating-infalling gas toward a protostar. The abundance of sulfermonooxcyde is enhanced at the outer edge (colored…
Update: Iowa State, IBM astronomers explain why disk galaxies eventually look alike

September 12, 2013

Iowa State’s Curtis Struck and IBM’s Bruce Elmegreen are studying how galaxies evolve from the clumpy example on…
Understanding the Turbulence of Gases in Planet-forming Protoplanetary Disks

April 3, 2013

Many newly formed stars are surrounded by what are called protoplanetary disks, swirling masses of warm dust and gas that…
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