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March 01, 2024
James Webb Telescope Unveils Role of Massive Stars in Planet Formation

Paris, France (SPX) Mar 01, 2024
Recent observations from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have shed new light on the complex interplay between massive stars and the formation of planetary systems, offering groundbreaking insights into a long-standing astronomical puzzle. This revelation, stemming from an international collaboration involving CNRS scientists, focuses on a protoplanetary disc within the Orion Nebula, named d203-506, and its susceptibility to ultraviolet radiation from nearby massive stars. Planetary systems, ... read more
Ice shell thickness reveals water temp on ocean worlds
Ithica NY (SPX) Mar 01, 2024
Decades before any probe dips a toe - and thermometer - into the waters of distant ocean worlds, Cornell astrobiologists have devised a novel way to determine ocean temperatures based on the thickne ... more
Astronomers reveal a new link between water and planet formation
Manchester UK (SPX) Mar 01, 2024
Researchers have found water vapour in the disc around a young star exactly where planets may be forming. Water is a key ingredient for life on Earth and is also thought to play a significant ... more
Hold on to your atmospheres: how planet size affects atmospheric escape
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 29, 2024
Which planets are most likely to lose their atmospheres? New research finds a surprising relationship between planet size and atmospheric escape and suggests that the smallest planets aren't losing ... more
CUTE's groundbreaking design paves the way for future small-scale space missions
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 28, 2024
NASA's innovative approach to studying the atmospheres of distant worlds has taken a significant leap forward with the Colorado Ultraviolet Transit Experiment (CUTE) mission. Since its launch in Sep ... more
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Earth as a test object
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Feb 28, 2024
Life is indeed possible on Earth. This has been demonstrated in a study conducted by the Institute of Particle Physics and Astrophysics at ETH Zurich. Of course, the researchers' intention wasn't to ... more
UC Irvine-led team unravels mysteries of planet formation and evolution in distant solar system
Irvine CA (SPX) Jan 29, 2024
A recently discovered solar system with six confirmed exoplanets and a possible seventh is boosting astronomers' knowledge of planet formation and evolution. Relying on a globe-spanning arsenal of o ... more
NASA's Hubble Finds Water Vapor in Small Exoplanet's Atmosphere
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Jan 26, 2024
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope observed the smallest exoplanet where water vapor has been detected in the atmosphere. At only approximately twice Earth's diameter, the planet GJ 982 ... more
Passing Stars Altered Orbital Changes in Earth, Other Planets
Tucson AZ (SPX) Feb 15, 2024
Stars that pass by our Solar System have altered the long-term orbital evolution of planets, including Earth, and by extension modified our climate. "Perturbations - a minor deviation in the c ... more
Scientists Unveil Free-Floating Planetary Giants in the Orion Nebula
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 15, 2024
In a remarkable advancement in the field of astronomy, researchers have unveiled findings that challenge our traditional understanding of planetary systems. A team of astronomers has discovered Jupi ... more
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SETI Institute Utilizes Advanced Ellipsoid Technique in Quest for Extraterrestrial Signals
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 13, 2024
In a groundbreaking development for the field of astrophysics and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), researchers from the SETI Institute, Berkeley SETI Research Center, and the Uni ... more
Migration solves exoplanet puzzle
Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Feb 12, 2024
Ordinarily, planets in evolved planetary systems, such as the Solar System, follow stable orbits around their central star. However, many indications suggest that some planets might depart from thei ... more
Carbon Monoxide Dynamics Offer New Insights into Exoplanet Habitability
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Feb 08, 2024
In the ongoing quest to discover habitable worlds beyond our solar system, a groundbreaking study spearheaded by Associate Professor Kazumi Ozaki from Tokyo Institute of Technology and Associate Res ... more
What Kind of World is LHS 1140b
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 06, 2024
One would be forgiven for thinking that it's easy to tell different types of planets apart. Unfortunately, the most interesting worlds look awfully like comparative ... more
Direct detection of amino acids and hydrocarbons in meteorites
Munster, Germany (SPX) Feb 05, 2024
The recent study conducted by Dr. Christian Vollmer and his team, in collaboration with British colleagues, marks a significant advancement in the field of astrobiology and planetary science. By exa ... more
Ice and fire: Antarctic volcano may hold clues to life on Mars

Deception Island, Antarctica (AFP) Feb 2, 2024
On Deception Island in Antarctica, steam rises from the beaches, and glaciers dot the black slopes of what is actually an active volcano - a rare clash of ice and fire that provides clues to scientists about what life could look like on Mars. The horseshoe-shaped isle in the South Shetland Islands is the only place in the world where ships can sail into the caldera of an active volcano. In the waters here, some 420 kilometers (260 miles) from Chile's Port Williams, fish, krill, anemones and se ... read more
Researchers spying for signs of life among exoplanet atmospheres
Columbus OH (SPX) Feb 02, 2024
The next generation of advanced telescopes could sharpen the hunt for potential extraterrestrial life by closely scrutinizing the atmospheres of nearby exoplanets, new research suggests. The next ge ... more

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TESS finds Super-Earth in habitable zone around nearby red dwarf
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
In a significant advancement in the field of exoplanetary science, astronomers have unveiled the discovery of a new 'super-Earth', TOI-715 b, orbiting within the habitable zone of a red dwarf star. ... more
NASA Puts Next-Gen Exoplanet-Imaging Technology to the Test
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Feb 01, 2024
The Coronagraph Instrument on NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will demonstrate new technologies that could vastly increase the number of planets outside our solar system (exoplanets) that s ... more
New Insights into Earth's Earliest Life Forms Discovered in Palaeoarchaean Rock Samples
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jan 25, 2024
A recent study conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Gottingen and Linnaeus University has brought to light new findings regarding the earliest forms of life on Earth. The study, ... more
Revolutionizing Chemistry: Over 4 Billion Early-Life Reactions Simulated via Blockchain
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 25, 2024
In a groundbreaking utilization of blockchain technology, a team of chemists has successfully repurposed the computational process typically used in cryptocurrency mining to simulate an unprecedente ... more
Shallow soda lakes show promise as cradles of life on Earth
Seattle WA (SPX) Jan 23, 2024
Charles Darwin proposed that life could have emerged in a "warm little pond" with the right cocktail of chemicals and energy. A study from the University of Washington, published this month in Commu ... more
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