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  • The icing on the snake Planets are born in the residual gas and dust from the star formation process that is left orbiting a nascent star in the form of a disk. The closest example ...
    Posted Nov 9, 2017, 7:37 AM by Jeremy Drake
  • Monster CME from the Demon Star The Arabic name "Algol", of the eclipsing close binary star sometimes known as the Demon Star, derives from the "head of the ghoul"in Greek tradition the head of the ...
    Posted Nov 1, 2017, 8:06 AM by Jeremy Drake
  • Eclipse! It was the first time I saw the solar corona with my own eyes.  Having worked in the field of stellar coronae for more than two decades, the eclipse of ...
    Posted Aug 28, 2017, 9:26 PM by Jeremy Drake
  • Gone with the wind The discovery of a planet orbiting our nearest star, Proxima Centuri, is a jewel in the crown of exoplanetary science. Further gilded by its location in the "habitable" zone, where ...
    Posted Nov 6, 2017, 8:16 AM by Jeremy Drake
  • Check the space weather before packing The remarkable TRAPPIST-1 system is now know to host at least seven planets, three of which reside in the so-called temperate or "habitable zone", where surface temperatures should ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2017, 7:36 AM by Jeremy Drake
  • Your new vacation home on Proxima b just got cheaper! The term "habitable zone" used to be an esoteric concept on the fringes of astrophysics, describing the region around a star in which a planet could support liquid water.  The ...
    Posted Nov 6, 2017, 8:13 AM by Jeremy Drake
  • Sculpting a nova explosion using a supercomputer Several postings within these pages have discussed new observations and insights into nova explosions. The term "nova" derives from 16th century astronomer Tycho Brahe's nova stella - "new star" - description ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2017, 11:19 AM by Jeremy Drake
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