Astrobites

Cradles of Massive Stars

Astrobites reports on the formation of baby massive stars in nearby star-forming region W51.

exomoon
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Worlds Without Moons

The potential for liquid water is not the only factor when determining a planet’s habitability. One important consideration: whether the planet has a moon.

UKIDSS UDS field
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An Exploration of Dusty Galaxies

New measurements of a sample of dusty, star-forming galaxies have allowed us to learn more about the universe in its early years.

spiral disk
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What Shaped Elias 2-27’s Disk?

The young star Elias 2-27 is surrounded by a massive disk with spectacular spiral arms. A new study examines what caused its appearance.

hot Jupiter

Astrobites reports on how statistics can be used to distinguish between populations of hot Jupiters in a large sample.

globular cluster orbits

The release of data from Gaia has allowed us to improve our understanding of the globular clusters that orbit the Milky Way.

TRAPPIST-1
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Habitability of the TRAPPIST-1 System

A new study challenges the habitability of the seven Earth-sized, terrestrial planets discovered around the M-dwarf star TRAPPIST-1.

quasar
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New Discoveries Fill the Quasar Gap

Quasars are cleverly camouflaged at some high redshifts, making them tough to spot. Now there’s a way to detect these distant monsters in spite of their disguise.

first stars
Astrobites

Baby Galaxies Blowing Bubbles

Astrobites reports on the galaxies that blew the first ionized bubbles in the early universe, ending the Dark Ages.