Why don't planets collide more often? How do planetary systems organize themselves? "Separating the stable from the unstable configurations turns out to be a fascinating and brutally hard problem,"" says Daniel Tamayo, a NASA Hubble Fellowship Program Sagan Fellow.
ESA's CHEOPS mission has already obtained it's first exoplanet light curve of Kelt 11b. Existing data on Kelt 11b can be found in the NASA Exoplanet Archive and the Exoplanet Follow-up Observing Program (ExoFOP), both hosted at NExScI.
NASA has selected 24 new Fellows for its prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP). The program enables outstanding postdoctoral scientists to pursue independent research in any area of NASA Astrophysics, using theory, observation, experimentation, or instrument development. Each fellowship provides the awardee up to three years of support at a university or research center of their choosing in the United States.
A team of astronomers led by Brendan Bowler (UT Austin) used NASA Keck time to probe the formation process of giant exoplanets and brown dwarfs.
The first observations were recently taken with the NASA/NSF NEID instrument that will help scientists measure the masses of exoplanets by observing the gravitational pull they exert on their parent stars. NEID observations will be processed at NExScI, which will also host the resulting data archive.
It's been an exciting week for exoplanet research, with two astronomers awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their 1995 discovery of 51 Pegasi b, the first planet observed to orbit a Sun-like star. This discovery launched a new field of astronomical exploration that continues to this day.
NASA's Exoplanet Archive announced 31 newly confirmed planets, pushing the count past 4000. The public was invited to imagine what the 4,000th confirmed planet could look like.
NASA has selected 24 new Fellows for its prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP). The program enables outstanding postdoctoral scientists to pursue independent research in any area of NASA Astrophysics, using theory, observation, experimentation, or instrument development.
Caltech/IPAC-NExScI staff scientist Jessie Christiansen is part of a team that developed the Exoplanet Explorers citizen science project. Citizen scientists, working in collaboration with Christiansen and other astronomers, recently discovered a 5-planet system in K2 mission data. Read more about how citizen scientists are discovering exoplanets!
NASA is pleased to introduce the 2018 class of Sagan, Hubble, and Einstein Postdoctoral Fellows under the NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP). The Fellows are named to one of three sub-categories corresponding to NASA's "big questions:"How does the Universe work? How did we get here? Are we alone? Meet the class here!
BJ Fulton, a NExScI staff scientist, is being honored with the 2018 Robert J. Trumpler Award - an honor bestowed by the Astronomical Society for the Pacific (ASP) to the recipient of a "PhD degree in North America whose research is considered unusually important to astronomy."
After nine years of collecting data that indicate our sky is filled with billions of hidden planets, NASA's Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel. Kepler leaves a legacy of more than 2,600 planet discoveries from outside our solar system, many of which could be promising places for life. Data from the Kepler spacecraft will continue to be mined for years to come.