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Read more at: ALMA images icy belt of exocomets around nearby star, suggesting compositional similarity between exo- and Solar System comets
ALMA images icy belt of exocomets around nearby star, suggesting compositional similarity between exo- and Solar System comets

ALMA images icy belt of exocomets around nearby star, suggesting compositional similarity between exo- and Solar System comets

18 May 2017

Full story here: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/icy-ring-around-young-planetary-system-has-similar-chemical-fingerprint-to-our-solar-system


Read more at: Dwarf planetary systems will transform the hunt for alien life
Dwarf planetary systems will transform the hunt for alien life

Dwarf planetary systems will transform the hunt for alien life

5 May 2017

Written speculation about life beyond the confines of Earth dates back thousands of years, to the time of the Greek philosophers Epicurus and Democritus. Unrecorded curiosity about this question undoubtedly goes back much further still. Remarkably, today’s generation seems about to get an answer from the study of...


Read more at: The spiralling signatures of planet formation

The spiralling signatures of planet formation

2 May 2017

Artists impression of the spirals in a young protoplanetary disc. Photo credit: Institute of Astronomy – Amanda Smith A young star recently observed to be surrounded by spiralling gas and dust could be one of the first to show planet formation ‘in action’ via a mechanism once thought to be unlikely. Astrophysicists at the...


Read more at: Newly discovered planets could have water on their surfaces
Newly discovered planets could have water on their surfaces

Newly discovered planets could have water on their surfaces

21 February 2017

An international team of astronomers has found a system of seven potentially habitable planets orbiting a star 39 light years away three of which could have water on their surfaces increasing the possibility they could host life. Using ground and space telescopes, the team identified the planets as they passed in front of...


Read more at: Three Potentially Habitable Worlds Found Around Nearby Ultracool Dwarf Star
Three Potentially Habitable Worlds Found Around Nearby Ultracool Dwarf Star

Three Potentially Habitable Worlds Found Around Nearby Ultracool Dwarf Star

2 May 2016

Researchers from the Cavendish Laboratory and Institute of Astronomy have participated in a study announcing the discovery of three Earth-size planets orbiting an ultra cool star. The press release can be found here: http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1615/


Read more at: Cavendish researchers map climate patterns on a super-Earth
Cavendish researchers map climate patterns on a super-Earth

Cavendish researchers map climate patterns on a super-Earth

31 March 2016

The most detailed map of a small, rocky ‘super Earth’ to date reveals a planet almost completely covered by lava, with a molten ‘hot’ side and solid ‘cool’ side. We still don’t know exactly what this planet is made of – it’s still a riddle. These results are like adding another brick to the wall, but the exact nature of...


Read more at: Astronomers find first evidence of changing conditions on a super Earth

Astronomers find first evidence of changing conditions on a super Earth

5 May 2015

Astronomers have detected wildly changing temperatures on a super Earth – the first time any atmospheric variability has been observed on a rocky planet outside the solar system – and believe it could be due to huge amounts of volcanic activity, further adding to the mystery of what had been nicknamed the ‘diamond planet...


Read more at: New Exoplanet-hunting Telescopes on Paranal
New Exoplanet-hunting Telescopes on Paranal

New Exoplanet-hunting Telescopes on Paranal

18 March 2015

Several members of the Centre are involved in the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) project. The first light has recently been achieved and a press release from the European Southern Observatory has been published .


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