Introducing the Daily Minor Planet: Delivering the latest asteroid news
Sep 20, 2016
Have you ever wondered what piece of cosmic debris is whizzing past the Earth right now? Do you crave up-to-the-minute information about asteroids large and small? Well you're in luck because today you can subscribe to a ...
Astronomers discover five new Neptune trojans
Sep 20, 2016 report
(Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers led by Hsing-Wen Lin of the National Central University in Taiwan has detected five new so-called "Neptune trojans" – minor bodies sharing the same orbit as the planet Neptune. ...
Sep 19, 2016
Many known exoplanets orbit close to their host star, within one-tenth of an astronomical unit (one AU is the average distance of the Earth from the Sun). Since their orbital periods are therefore very short and their gravitational ...
Origin of minor planets' rings revealed
Sep 16, 2016
A team of researchers has clarified the origin of the rings recently discovered around two minor planets known as centaurs, and their results suggest the existence of rings around other centaurs. These findings were published ...
ALMA spots possible formation site of icy giant planet
Sep 14, 2016
Astronomers found signs of a growing planet around TW Hydra, a nearby young star, using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Based on the distance from the central star and the distribution of tiny dust ...
Hubble images three debris disks around G-type stars
Sep 14, 2016
A team using the Hubble Space Telescope has imaged circumstellar disk structures (CDSs) around three stars similar to the sun. The stars are all G-type solar analogs, and the disks themselves share similarities with our Solar ...
Astronomers discover two new inflated 'hot Jupiters'
Sep 13, 2016 report
(Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers led by Joel Hartman of Princeton University has detected two new "hot Jupiter" exoplanets, less massive than our solar system's biggest planet, but with a radius larger than ...
Jupiter-like planet discovered in a distant star system
Sep 08, 2016 report
(Phys.org)—A team of astronomers led by Alexis Smith of the German Aerospace Center's (DLR) Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin reports the detection of a Jupiter-like planet orbiting a distant subgiant star known ...
Brown dwarfs hiding in plain sight in our solar neighborhood
Sep 06, 2016
Cool brown dwarfs are a hot topic in astronomy right now. Smaller than stars and bigger than giant planets, they hold promise for helping us understand both stellar evolution and planet formation. New work from a team including ...
Scientists discover extraordinary compounds that may be hidden inside Jupiter and Neptune
Sep 06, 2016
Using computer modeling, Russian researchers have described what molecules may be present in the interiors of Uranus, Neptune, and the icy satellites of the giant planets. The scientists discovered that at high pressures, ...