We aren’t the only ones with gassy problems…why don’t sub-Saturns accrete enough gas to become full-blown Saturns or Jupiters?
We think we know how planets form, but what about planets that seem to have formed very fast? ‘Oumuamua-like objects may be the missing link.
Radiation from massive stars can melt away protoplanetary disks. What can the leftover disks tell us about the environment from which they formed?
Protoplanetary disks may be the birth place of planets, but they also throw astronomers for a loop in today’s paper.
A new survey of complex nitrogen-bearing molecules in nearby protoplanetary disks reveals a surprisingly robust chemistry.
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.