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Where Predator and Pikachu learn about exoplanets

Where Predator and Pikachu learn about exoplanets

Fantasy Basel is Switzerland’s largest convention for comic culture, science fiction, cosplay and more. Around 45,000 visitors from near and far flocked to the big event to read the latest comics, meet their favourite artists – or to learn about exoplanets and space history at the NCCR PlanetS exhibition, which was part of the Swiss […]

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The planet does not fall far from the star

The planet does not fall far from the star

A compositional link between planets and their respective host star has long been assumed in astronomy. For the first time now, a team of scientists, with the participation of researchers of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) PlanetS from the University of Zurich and the University of Bern, deliver empirical evidence to support […]

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Did Venus ever have oceans?

Did Venus ever have oceans?

Today’s Venus, with its extreme greenhouse effect, could be considered Earth’s “evil twin”. Yet in its past, it may have been much more hospitable and possibly even had oceans of water. Researchers led by the University of Geneva and the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) PlanetS have simulated the ancient climate of Venus […]

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Thousands of visitors at Scientifica 21

Thousands of visitors at Scientifica 21

A little girl looks fascinated at the screen and watches as a researcher floats around weightlessly in an airplane. Next to him, his experiment is running, which is supposed to provide data on the early phase of planetary system formation. “If you want to go into space later, you need a spacesuit,” the PlanetS scientist […]

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Unravelling the mystery of brown dwarfs

Unravelling the mystery of brown dwarfs

Brown dwarfs are astronomical objects with masses between those of planets and stars. The question of where exactly the limits of their mass lie remains a matter of debate, especially since their constitution is very similar to that of low-mass stars. So how do we know whether we are dealing with a brown dwarf or […]

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Like star, like planet

Like star, like planet

One of the patterns emerging from the thousands of exoplanets that astronomers have discovered to date, is that the larger planets often orbit more massive stars. The reason behind it was unknown. A new study led by scientists at the University of Zurich, and members associated with the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) […]

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Scientists detect signatures of life remotely

Scientists detect signatures of life remotely

It could be a milestone on the path to detecting life on other planets: Scientists under the leadership of the University of Bern and of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) PlanetS detect a key molecular property of all living organisms from a helicopter flying several kilometers above ground. The measurement technology could […]

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