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  • The planets with an electric heater turned to high We now know that planets are common around M dwarfs, and the 100 billion or so M dwarfs in our own Galaxy mean the chance of there being "habitable" worlds ...
    Posted Nov 4, 2018, 9:22 AM by Jeremy Drake
  • Finding Life in... Outer Space?! Back in 2013, I proposed a three part film series to the Smithsonian Channel on "Life in the Cosmos" - an attempt to look into all the astrophysics involved in the ...
    Posted Mar 23, 2018, 10:56 AM by Jeremy Drake
  • X-rays vs Protons: Dawn of Creation Planets are formed in the remnant "protoplanetary disk" of gas surrounding a newborn star. The process is one of hierarchical merging, of dust grains to form planetesimals, and planetesimals to ...
    Posted Mar 23, 2018, 10:56 AM by Jeremy Drake
  • The Ring of Darkness The speed with which stars orbit around the centre of a galaxy - the ``rotation curve'' - tell us about the distribution of mass within the galaxy.  One of the most remarkable ...
    Posted Feb 26, 2018, 10:11 AM by Jeremy Drake
  • A star of the beat generation Stars like the Sun generate copious magnetic fields that induce all sorts of interesting behaviour at the stellar surface.  Sunspots betraying bundles of emerging magnetic field, and the diffuse white ...
    Posted Dec 2, 2017, 1:50 PM by Jeremy Drake
  • 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
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