aug 172012
Magnesium Plays an Important Role in Planet Formation

  An international team, led by EXOEarths researchers of the Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (CAUP), proposes that metals like Magnesium might have an important role in the formation of low mass planets. A swirling disk of planet-building dust. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle (SSC) The team, lead by CAUP researcher Vardan Zh. Adibekyan, [continue reading]

jun 222012
Two Exoplanets Form Closest Known Pair in the Universe

  A research team led by astronomers at the University of Washington and Harvard University has discovered a bigger version of Earth locked in an orbital tug-of-war with a much larger, Neptune-sized planet as they orbit very close to each other around the same star about 1,200 light years from Earth. An artist’s conception shows [continue reading]