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Finding a New Molecule: Discovery of an Organic Acid in a Protoplanetary Disk

Radio observations of a nearby protoplanetary disk have revealed the discovery of a new molecule, formic acid, which is the first organic acid to be found in a planet-forming disk. The discovery of such biologically-relevant molecules can tell us something about questions related to the origins of life in other nascent planetary systems.

Solid As a Rock…Not

Some hot Jupiters that like living dangerously are spiraling rapidly into their stars. Could that be connected to how squishy and wobbly they are?

A New Job for a Neural Net: Identifying Craters

In this new paper, the authors combine the adaptive powers of machine learning with the problem of crater identification. Identifying craters is a difficult task, but can help us better understand the history of our solar system.

Beyond astro-ph

Astronomy beyond the research

Astrobites at AAS 233: Day 2

We report on Day 2 of the winter AAS meeting in Seattle, WA. Highlights include a discussion of the latest news in planet formation, an overview of future proposed space missions, and a look at the history of gravitational-wave detectors.

Astrobites at AAS 233: Day 1

We report on Day 1 of the winter AAS meeting in Seattle, WA. Highlights include a discussion of interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua, an overview of first results from TESS, a dragon in the Orion Nebula, and a look at the role identities play in astronomy.

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