aug 242013
A Baby Star Surrounded by a Fluffy Planet-Forming Disk

  An international team of astronomers that are members of the Strategic Exploration of Exoplanets and Disks with Subaru Telescope (SEEDS) Project has used Subaru Telescope’s High Contrast Instrument for the Subaru Next Generation Adaptive Optics (HiCIAO) to observe a disk around the young star RY Tau (Tauri). The team’s analysis of the disk shows [continue reading]

jul 152013
Herschel Discovers Cosmic Dust Belts without Dust

  International Research Team of Astrophysicists Discovers Six Ultra-Cold Debris Disks   Planets and asteroids, red giants and brown dwarfs – there are all kinds of objects in our Universe. Debris disks are among them. These are belts consisting of countless dust particles and planetesimals, circling around one central star. “At least one fifth of [continue reading]

jun 022013
Large Population of 'Invisible' Galaxies Discovered

  A research team led by Bunyo Hatsukade, a postdoc researcher, and Kouji Ohta, a professor, both from the Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, revealed that approximately 80% of the unidentifiable millimeter wave signals from the Universe is actually emitted from galaxies, based on the observations with ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array). ALMA’s high [continue reading]

apr 182013
ALMA Pinpoints Early Galaxies at Record Speed

  A team of astronomers has used the new ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) telescope to pinpoint the locations of over 100 of the most fertile star-forming galaxies in the early Universe. ALMA is so powerful that, in just a few hours, it captured as many observations of these galaxies as have been made by [continue reading]

okt 262012
The Revival of  a 'Dead' Exoplanet: Zombie Fomalhaut B

  A second look at data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is reanimating the claim that the nearby star Fomalhaut hosts a massive exoplanet. The study suggests that the planet, named Fomalhaut b, is a rare and possibly unique object that is completely shrouded by dust. Fomalhaut, the brightest star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus. Image [continue reading]