The Secret of T Pyx

The Secret of T Pyx

T Pyx is a mystery. The stellar systems appears to contain a white dwarf and companion star. However, the white dwarf is accreting mass from its companion way faster and way more efficiently than it should, resulting in novae eruptions every 30 years.
Today’s authors may have found the culprit for these frequent explosive hydrogen burnings, which should not be possible in theory.

Effective Science Communication

Effective Science Communication

Science communication is vital to any field of research.
It can be tricky, however, to convey a complicated topic to a wide range of audiences in a way that is comprehensible and at the same time retains scientific accuracy. This is a short guide, assembled from experience in public outreach, on effective science communication.

Ice, Ice, Baby!

Ice, Ice, Baby!

How common are icy polar caps like ours on Earth-like exoplanets? Today’s paper explores the many versions of surface ice possible on Earth-like exoplanets, even including equatorial ice belts!