In 1992, Aleksander Wolszczan and Dale Frail became the first astronomers to publicly announce that they had discovered the first […]
A new study published in the online journal Life says a hotter, pressurized form of carbon dioxide could harbor life […]
The ALMA telescope in Chile has, for the first time, observed a star system that might be in the early […]
One of the biggest benefits of being a journalist is that you become aware of interesting things from […]
Of late, telescopes like Kepler, Spitzer and ALMA are revealing new things about exoplanets as much as they’re […]
I’ve been most fascinated lately by studies of planet formation. Every small detail is like that one letter in the crossword you need to fill all the other boxes in, every discovery a cornerstone that holds together a unique piece of the universe. For example, using just the find that the exoplanet Beta Pictoris b has a very short day of eight hours, astronomers could speculate on how it was formed, what its density could be, and how heavy it could get over time. And it isn’t surprising if a similar tale awaits telling by Kepler 421b.
In 1950, the physicist Enrico Fermi asked a question not many could forget for a long time: “Where is […]