aug 242012
41 New Exoplanets Discovered!

  Two newly submitted studies verify 41 new transiting planets in 20 star systems. These results may increase the number of Kepler’s confirmed planets by more than 50 percent: to 116 planets hosted in 67 systems, over half of which contain more than one planet. The papers are currently under scientific peer-review. The diagram shows [continue reading]

jun 132012
Magnetic Fields Slow Down Stars

  Researchers from the Leibniz-Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam (AIP) made simulations of the magnetic fields of stars and compared the results with measurements from a laboratory experiment done at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR).  Numerical Simulations show a strong disturbation of the magnetic fields inside a star for higher than critical magnetic field values. Credit: AIP The [continue reading]