sep 232012
Studying the Chemistry of the Universe with ALMA

  Combining the cutting-edge capabilities of the ALMA telescope with newly-developed laboratory techniques, scientists are opening a completely new era for deciphering the chemistry of the Universe. A research team demonstrated their breakthrough using ALMA data from observations of the gas in a star-forming region in the constellation Orion. Hubble’s sharpest view of the Orion [continue reading]

sep 082012
Composition of Star Determines the Habitability of Planets

  A star’s internal chemistry can doom a planet’s life long before the star itself dies A new study by Arizona State University researchers suggests that the host star’s chemical makeup can also impact conditions of habitability of planets that orbit them. Image Credit: NASA The search for potentially habitable planets involves discussion of what [continue reading]

aug 222012
Planet Devoured by Star!

The first evidence of a planet’s destruction by its aging star has been discovered by an international team of astronomers. The evidence indicates that the missing planet was devoured as the star began expanding into a “red giant” — the stellar equivalent of advanced age. An artist’s impression of a red supergiant engulfing a Jupiter-like [continue reading]