Much of what we know today about exoplanets is due to the success of the radial velocity method. Where does it stand now? What is its future?
Earth’s oceans may have originated mainly from accreted impactors. But do planets in other systems experience the same water delivery mechanism? Or do they even get more water than our world? Find out why you would want to think about this and what the consequences might be.
Hot Jupiters are weird and lonely. Is gravitational perturbation to blame?
Planetary rings such as those around Saturn are fascinating features. Recent observations also reveal evidence for rings around exoplanets, but it’s a difficult task to distinguish these planets from ringless planets. This Astrobite presents a technique, which simplifies the search for candidates. Even better, the developed code is publicly available and allows you going out to look for candidates for exoplanetary rings.
A new analysis technique, that fits simultaneously for light-curve systematics and transit signals, finds 36 planet candidates in the K2 dataset — Kepler is still in the game!
In just three years NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will leave Earth and start producing groundbreaking science! That means we have three years to figure out how to best utilize the instruments on board. It’s time for a crash course in exoplanet observations with JWST.