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Survey of More Than 800 Planet-Forming Disks Reveals a Planetary Evolution Surprise

Survey of More Than 800 Planet-Forming Disks Reveals a Planetary Evolution Surprise

Is our Solar System comparable to other solar systems? What do other systems look like? We know from exoplanet studies that many other systems have hot Jupiters, massive gas giants that orbit extremely close to their stars. Is that normal, and our Solar System is the outlier?   One way of addressing these questions is …

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There Are Tiny Bright Dots All Over The Sun, And We May Finally Know Their Source

There Are Tiny Bright Dots All Over The Sun, And We May Finally Know Their Source

Sunspots aren’t the only speckles decorating the dynamic face of our Sun. Solar physicists have made a close study of tiny, fleeting speckles of brightness that emerge and fade in less than a minute on average, in regions where loops of plasma rise from the solar surface.   They’re named ‘solar dots’. The fleeting phenomenon, …

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