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Winds of rubies and sapphires strike the sky of giant planet

Signs of powerful changing winds have been detected on a planet 16 times larger than Earth, over 1000 light years away – the first time ever that weather systems have been found on a gas giant outside our solar system - according to new research by the University of Warwick.

Planet Nine could spell doom for solar system

The solar system could be thrown into disaster when the sun dies if the mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ exists, according to research from the University of Warwick.

Tue 30 Aug 2016, 09:19 | Tags: University of Warwick, Astrophysics, Space, Science

Star’s intense radiation beams whip neighbouring red dwarf

New research from the University of Warwick finds a new type of exotic binary star, in which a rapidly-spinning burnt-out stellar remnant called a white dwarf sweeps powerful beams of particles and radiation over its nearby companion star, causing it to pulse across almost the entire electromagnetic spectrum from the ultraviolet to radio.


Thu 28 Jul 2016, 09:41 | Tags: Astrophysics, Space, Science, Research

Prof Don Pollacco receives Wolfson Merit Award from The Royal Society

The Royal Society has recently awarded Prof Don Pollacco with a Wolfson Merit Award in recognition of his outstanding scientific achievements. The award will help support his research program on the discovery and characterisation of exoplanets (planets around other stars) for the next 5 years.

Wed 16 Mar 2016, 17:14 | Tags: Sciences, Astrophysics, Awards

The University of Warwick is Europe’s most successful user of Hubble Space Telescope

Mysteries ranging from dying planetary systems to gigantic cosmic explosions are being unravelled by Europe’s leading users of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The competition to use this iconic space-borne telescope is extremely fierce, and in 2015 the University of Warwick’s Astrophysics Group was Europe’s most successful applicant to use the HST.

Mon 21 Dec 2015, 15:11 | Tags: Astrophysics, Space, Physics

The Sun could release flares 1000x greater than previously recorded

The Sun demonstrates the potential to superflare, new research into stellar flaring suggests.


Led by the University of Warwick, the research has found a stellar superflare on a star observed by NASA’s Kepler space telescope with wave patterns similar to those that have been observed in solar flares.

Thu 03 Dec 2015, 10:39 | Tags: Sciences, Astrophysics, Space, Physics

Most Earth-like planet uninhabitable due to radiation, new research suggests

The most Earth-like planet could have been made uninhabitable by vast quantities of radiation, new research led by the University of Warwick has found.

The atmosphere of the planet, Kepler-438b, is thought to have been stripped away as a result of radiation emitted from a superflaring Red Dwarf star, Kepler-438.

Wed 18 Nov 2015, 08:28 | Tags: Sciences, University of Warwick, Astrophysics, Research, Physics

5400mph winds discovered hurtling around planet outside solar system

Winds of over 2km per second have been discovered flowing around planet outside of the Earth’s solar system, new research has found.

The University of Warwick discovery is the first time that a weather system on a planet outside of Earth’s solar system has been directly measured and mapped.

Fri 13 Nov 2015, 08:21 | Tags: Sciences, Astrophysics

Asteroid ripped apart to form star’s glowing ring system

The sight of an asteroid being ripped apart by a dead star and forming a glowing debris ring has been captured in an image for the first time.

Comprised of dust particles and debris, the rings are formed by the star’s gravity tearing apart asteroids that came too close.

Wed 11 Nov 2015, 12:58 | Tags: Sciences, University of Warwick, Astrophysics, Research, Physics