Only the combined effort of observational and theoretical methods can really bring us to a more thorough understanding of the Universe throughout all spatial scales. The authors of today’s paper use and adapt the moving-mesh fluid mechanics code AREPO to function with protoplanetary disks and test its imprint on the potential of planets to open up gaps in the surrounding gas.
On Earth, the chaotic nature of weather leads to the famous “butterfly effect”, in which the flapping of a butterfly’s wings can theoretically create a hurricane. Chaos is a fundamental element of nature which can arise in many environments–including stars.
Chondrules are among the oldest components of the solar system and give insight in the solar system’s earliest phase. But how are they formed? In shocks? That seems to be at least difficult.
Some GRB-SNe pairs show interesting correlations across their light curves.
Massive stars emit energetic radiation and expel strong winds that can disrupt their natal environments. New simulations show that these effects are important in the evolution of stellar nurseries and can account for some of the observed low efficiency of star formation.
By looking at the spectral changes of the accretion disk emission around black holes, we can trace the physical changes of the accreting material.
There aren’t many places in the universe that you can find a bunch of free neutrons not already trapped inside a nucleus—except in neutron stars. Luckily, neutron stars in violent mergers with other neutron stars, or with black holes, tend to disperse a little bit of their matter into the interstellar medium. Tidal forces eject some matter as the two objects swing around each other in their final orbits. Then, if an accretion disk forms, winds blown off the surface of the disk disperse even more matter. Surman and her colleagues look at the nucleosynthesis that occurs in this latter process, and find something surprising.
By examining their expansion rate over time, Type II supernovae provide a way to measure extragalactic distances.
Field lines are a powerful tool for building intuition for a complex geometric object.
Boss & Keiser examine how magnetic fields with varying initial conditions affect star formation.