Astronomers discover the first ‘ultrahot Neptune’: one of nature’s improbable planets

An international team of astronomers, including researchers from the University of Cambridge, has discovered a new class of planet, an ‘ultrahot Neptune’,

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics space astronomy exoplanets

‘Lost’ world’s rediscovery is step towards finding habitable planets

The rediscovery of a lost planet could pave the way for the detection of a world within the habitable ‘Goldilocks zone’ in a distant solar system.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 21, 2020 ~4 min

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Large exoplanet could have the right conditions for life

Astronomers have found an exoplanet more than twice the size of Earth to be potentially habitable, opening the search for life to planets significantly larger than Earth but smaller than Neptune.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 27, 2020 ~5 min

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Water common – yet scarce – in exoplanets

The most extensive survey of atmospheric chemical compositions of exoplanets to date has revealed trends that challenge current theories of planet formation and has implications for the search for water in the solar system and beyond.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Dec. 11, 2019 ~5 min

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Professor Didier Queloz wins 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics for first discovery of an exoplanet

Queloz jointly wins the 2019 Physics Nobel for his work on the first confirmation of an exoplanet – a planet that orbits a star other than our Sun. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 8, 2019 ~8 min

Tags:  astrophysics  nobel-prize  astronomy  exoplanets

Professor Didier Queloz wins 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of an exoplanet

Queloz jointly wins the 2019 Physics Nobel for his work on the first confirmation of an exoplanet – a planet that orbits a star other than our Sun. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 8, 2019 ~4 min

Tags:  astrophysics  astronomy  exoplanets

‘Forbidden’ planet found wandering ‘Neptunian Desert’

An international group of astronomers has identified a rogue planet orbiting its star in the so-called Neptunian Desert.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 29, 2019 ~3 min

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Giant planets around young star raise questions about how planets form

Researchers have identified a young star with four Jupiter and Saturn-sized planets in orbit around it, the first time that so many massive planets have been detected in such a young system. 

Cathie Clarke • cambridge
Oct. 15, 2018 ~4 min

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