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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

Next-gen astronomical survey makes its first observations toward a new understanding of the cosmos

The newly-launched SDSS-V will continue the path-breaking tradition set by the survey's previous generations, with a focus on the ever-changing night sky and the physical processes that drive these changes, from flickers and flares of supermassive black holes to the back-and-forth shifts of stars being orbited by distant worlds. The project’s consortium includes the University of Warwick, which will lead an observational survey of all stars within 325 light years of the Earth - encompassing 350,000 systems, many of which are likely to host planetary systems.

An astro press release from Warwick's press office focussing on research led by our Prof. Boris Gänsicke.

Mon 02 Nov 2020, 10:00 | Tags: Press Releases, White Dwarfs

The Crucial Need for DebrisWatch

University of Warwick astronomers are warning that orbital debris posing a threat to operational satellites is not being monitored closely enough, as they publish a new survey finding that over 75% of the orbital debris they detected could not be matched to known objects in public satellite catalogues.

A press release from Warwick Newsroom, highlighting work led by our Prof Don Pollaco, Dr Paul Chote and PhD researcher James Blake.

Thu 24 Sep 2020, 00:00 | Tags: Press Releases, Human Space

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

‘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

Thermonuclear blast sends supernova survivor star hurtling across the Milky Way

An exploding white dwarf star blasted itself out of its orbit with another star in a ‘partial supernova’ and is now hurtling across our galaxy, according to a new study from the University of Warwick.

Press release from Warwick Newsroom

Wed 15 Jul 2020, 11:59 | Tags: Press Releases, White Dwarfs

White dwarfs reveal new insights into the origin of carbon in the universe

A new analysis of white dwarf stars involving a University of Warwick astronomer supports their role as a key source of carbon, an element crucial to all life, in the Milky Way and other galaxies.

A press release from Warwick Newsroom

Tue 07 Jul 2020, 12:00 | Tags: Press Releases, White Dwarfs

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