The authors of today’s astrobite try and assess how much knowledge you can actually gain about the first four Harry Potter books by only watching the fourth movie. In other words, what can you learn about planet formation by looking at observations of exoplanets?
It’s our innate human instinct to uncover mysteries. Find out how Spitzer observations of 55 Cnc e are raising new questions and creating new mysteries that could be addressed with the next generation of ground and space based missions.
The Moon has kept the Earth at a stable orbital tilt for millions of years, preventing dramatic climate cycles and keeping the Earth habitable. But do we fully understand how it formed? Today’s bite provides clues as to how we ended up with our trusted companion.
Observations of ten different exoplanet atmospheres could be the very beginning of a modern-day exoplanet HR diagram.
Have we been misinterpreting our observations of exoplanet atmospheres? Find out why exoplanet scientists fear the wrath of clouds.