A low-cost survey found the first kilometer-sized Kuiper Belt Object using stellar occultations and clever analysis.
Interplanetary collisions can explain a number of phenomena in our own solar system — here’s evidence of such a crash shaping the formation of two distant planets. Translate from an Astrobitos bite by Elena Gonzales Egea.
To understand planet formation, we need to observe newborn planets that are in their earlier stages of development. This is exactly what was discovered around PDS 70 – the first young, forming planet around a protostar of this age. Read more to learn about what we saw, and how we got that data!
Survival rates of Kuiper Belt Objects with binary companions are used to determine the history of the Solar System.
Visions of the future: A planetary fragment orbiting a long dead star offers a glimpse of the Solar System’s fate
Astronomers discover a planetary fragment that survived the destruction of its host star – offering insights into the future of planetary systems like our own.
What can the colors of Kuiper Belt Objects tell us about how the Solar System formed and evolved?