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Rapid-forming giants could disrupt spiral protoplanetary discs

Giant planets that developed early in a star system’s life could solve a mystery of why spiral structures are not observed in young protoplanetary discs, according to a new study by University of Warwick astronomers.

A Warwick press release on work led by our Sahl Rowther.

Thu 26 Nov 2020, 13:45 | Tags: Press Releases, Exoplanets, Disks

Peering through the Cloud Tops of Exoplanets

University of Warwick astronomers have shown that water vapour can potentially be detected in the atmospheres of exoplanets by peering literally over the tops of their impenetrable clouds.

A Warwick Newsroom Press Release focussing on research led by our Dr Matteo Brogi and Dr Siddharth Gandhi

Tue 22 Sep 2020, 00:00 | Tags: Press Releases, Exoplanets

The Real Tatooines?

From Gallifrey to Tatooine, planets with multiple suns feature widely in science fiction, but there are currently only ten real ‘circumbinary’ planets identified by space scientists. Dr David Armstrong from Warwick’s Astrophysics research group considers what we know about planets with two stars – and asks if life could exist there.

Originally published on Warwick's Knowledge Centre

Thu 10 Sep 2020, 10:00 | Tags: Habitability, Exoplanets

‘Lost’ world’s rediscovery is step towards finding habitable planets

The rediscovery of a lost planet could pave the way for the detection of a world within the habitable ‘Goldilocks zone’ in a distant solar system. The planet, the size and mass of Saturn with an orbit of thirty-five days, is among hundreds of ‘lost’ worlds that University of Warwick astronomers are pioneering a new method to track down and characterise in the hope of finding cooler planets like those in our solar system, and even potentially habitable planets.

A press release from Warwick Newsroom

Tue 21 Jul 2020, 10:42 | Tags: Press Releases, Exoplanets

First exposed planetary core discovered allows glimpse inside other worlds

The surviving core of a gas giant has been discovered orbiting a distant star by University of Warwick astronomers, offering an unprecedented glimpse into the interior of a planet.

A press release from Warwick Newsroom

Wed 01 Jul 2020, 12:00 | Tags: Press Releases, Exoplanets