A new hypothesis posits that the ice giant planets formed between the CO and N2 icelines in the Solar System’s protoplanetary disk.
What’s causing the “beads on a string” pattern of star formation around this interacting galaxy pair?
Explore an astrophysical classic describing the effect of the Universe’s expansion on the seeds of galaxies.
A new model explains Mercury’s major density with magnetism.
Some GRB-SNe pairs show interesting correlations across their light curves.
What can the growth of structure in the Universe tell us about how regular matter and dark matter scatter? The authors develop a simple framework and get model-independent constraints; read on for the answer.
Can bars in a galaxy cause radial migrations of stars? The simulations say yes, but these observations suggest otherwise…
Today’s authors present a way to get deep images without telescope time. Their method involves a clever compilation of sky images from the Web. The algorithm, called Enhance, synthesizes a collection of short-exposure images gleaned from the Web to produce a deep image.
The evolution of galaxies from one type to another is not well understood. A galaxy’s environment plays a key role in its evolution. This is especially important for galaxies in galaxy clusters, which can strip them of their gas. The authors in today’s Astrobite explore six new, dramatic examples of galaxies being stripped of their gas.
Saturn’s moon Iapetus has been bombarded pretty heavily by debris from the outer Solar System. But it’s not TOO smashed up — its strange, 20-km-high, equatorial ridge is still standing. The authors of this paper simulate the bombardment of Iapetus to figure out how much mass could have collided with the moon without destroying the ridge.