For decades, astronomers have assumed that Earth-like planets cannot form around binary stars on account of wacky gravitational effects. Which, for Star Wars fans, was a total downer. But a new study suggests that not only is the formation of Tatooine-like planets very much possible, they may actually be quite common. Read more...
A public lecture and question and answer session with Jon Butterworth at the Perimeter Institute: Live interactive webcast, which will be recorded. You can join in from 11:45pm BST tonightPerimeter Institute, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada is a leading centre for scientific research, training and educational outreach in foundational theoretical physics. Amongst many other things, it runs a high profile monthly public lecture series, and this month’s lecture (today, 1 April, no not an April
An international team of astronomers using data from two ESA’s space telescopes, Planck and Herschel, has identified more than 200 proto-clusters of galaxies in the distant Universe, many of which were magnified by other galaxies lying in front of them via gravitational lensing. Galaxies like our own are usually not found in isolation. In the [...]