ALMA discovers a new molecule of prebiotic importance in a nearby protoplanetary disk.
What does a disk around a binary star look like? One possibility, recently observed around a young star for the first time, is that it is flipped on its side—its rotation is perpendicular to the orbit of the binary system!
Turbulence plays a key role in determining what types of planets can form in a disk. We are finally on the verge of measuring this property for the first time using CO spectral lines, but it will only work if we factor in how quickly CO can be depleted.
My name is Protoplanetary Disk Mass. I am important for determining what types of planets can form, where they can form, and how quickly they can form. Signed Protoplanetary Disk Mass.
Characterizing planets through direct imaging is no easy task! But today’s authors offer a work-around formula, which estimates the crucial parameter of planetary mass from protoplanetary disk observations. In this astrobite, we discuss ‘The Theory’ and ‘The Practice’ of their cool equation.