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Newborn giant planet grazes its star

The youngest known hot Jupiter, detected around the star in formation V830 Tau, travels through the star's magnetic web (white and blue lines), making...

First detection of methyl alcohol in a planet-forming disc

This artist's impression shows the closest known protoplanetary disc, around the star TW Hydrae in the huge constellation of Hydra (The Female Watersnake). The...

Universe’s first life might have been born on carbon planets

In this artist's conception, a carbon planet orbits a sunlike star in the early universe. Young planetary systems lacking heavy chemical elements but relatively...

Extraterrestrial oceans: Beneath the surface

Artist's impression of the inside of Jupiter's moon Callisto. Credit: NASA/JPL; Jesper Lindkvist Icy objects in our solar system have large oceans under their surfaces...

Hunting for hidden life on worlds orbiting old, red stars

This graphic shows where a planet can be habitable and warm around our sun, as it ages over billions of years. Credit: Cornell University All throughout...

The missing brown dwarfs

Possible manifestations of brown dwarfs (artist's impression). As brown dwarfs are nearly invisible in the optical light and only emit radiation in the IR...