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Astronomers discover a rare ‘black widow’ binary, with the shortest orbit yet

The flashing of a nearby star has drawn a team of astronomers including the University of Warwick to a new and mysterious system 3,000 light years from Earth.

Thu 05 May 2022, 12:31 | Tags: Astrophysics, research, astronomy

Planetary bodies observed in habitable zone of dead star

A ring of planetary debris studded with moon-sized structures has been observed orbiting close to a white dwarf star, hinting at a nearby planet in the “habitable zone” where water and thus life could exist, according to a new study involving astronomers from the University of Warwick.

Fri 11 Feb 2022, 12:34 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research, astronomy

Final moments of planetary remnants seen for first time

The moment that debris from destroyed planets impacts the surface of a white dwarf star has been observed for the first time by astronomers at the University of Warwick.

Wed 09 Feb 2022, 16:01 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research, astronomy

Warps drive disruptions in planet formation in young solar systems

A new study from the University of Warwick demonstrates the impact of passing stars, misaligned binary stars and passing gas clouds on the formation of planets in early star systems.

Thu 03 Feb 2022, 15:02 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research

Prestigious Royal Astronomical Society award for space weather expert

Leading physicist Professor Sandra Chapman of the University of Warwick has been awarded the 2022 Chapman Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) for ‘paradigm shifting’ research into the physics of the solar wind and magnetosphere, our near-earth plasma environment.

Fri 14 Jan 2022, 16:12 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research

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