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Vaporised crusts of Earth-like planets found in dying stars

Remnants of planets with Earth-like crusts have been discovered in the atmospheres of four nearby white dwarf stars by University of Warwick astronomers, offering a glimpse of the planets that may have once orbited them up to billions of years ago.

Thu 11 Feb 2021, 16:12 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research, astronomy

Rhythmic six-exoplanet system challenges theories of how planets form

An international team of astronomers that includes researchers from the University of Warwick have revealed a system consisting of six exoplanets, five of which are locked in a rare rhythm around their central star. The researchers believe the system could provide important clues about how planets, including those in the Solar System, form and evolve.

Mon 25 Jan 2021, 15:21 | Tags: Astrophysics, research, astronomy

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.

Thu 26 Nov 2020, 11:42 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research, astronomy

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

A new astronomical survey that will see University of Warwick scientists mapping around 350,000 star systems has made its first observations.

Mon 02 Nov 2020, 11:55 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research, astronomy

Faint orbital debris that threatens satellites not being monitored closely enough, warn astronomers

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.

Thu 24 Sep 2020, 11:06 | Tags: Physics, Astrophysics, research, astronomy

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