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MSc project – Laboratory simulations of the influence of interior composition on exoplanetary atmospheres

MSc project – Laboratory simulations of the influence of interior composition on exoplanetary atmospheres

Original Content – https://sirop.org/app/7496d233-5832-4519-9367-1617972b92c7 Observations of exoplanet atmospheres provide information as to their composition. In order to link these signatures to their interiors, this project employs high temperature/high pressure experiments to determine the likely compositions of their mantles and atmospheres formed from their evaporation Keywords: Exoplanet, interior, evaporation, atmosphere, experiment, high temperature, high pressure, mantle, […]

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The planetary scientist has one great wish

The planetary scientist has one great wish

Christoph Mordasini deals with the formation and evolution of planets inside and outside our solar system. In an interview he explains why the University of Bern has been at the forefront of space research since an experiment on the moon. And he reveals the question to which he would very much like to have an […]

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Editorial

Editorial

As measures are taken to slowly return to normal life, the amount of damage caused by the Covid-19 on people’s life and economy is starting to show. Help is needed everywhere and is being provided as best as possible by the authorities, but anxiety remains as to how tomorrow will be.   This uncertainty about […]

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ESPRESSO confirms the existence of an exo-Earth 4 light-years away

ESPRESSO confirms the existence of an exo-Earth 4 light-years away

An international team of experts, including researchers from the NCCR PlanetS, has confirmed the existence of the Proxima b extrasolar planet using measurements from the Swiss-built ESPRESSO spectrograph. The existence of a planet the size of Earth around the closest star in the solar system, Proxima Centauri, has been confirmed by an international team of scientists […]

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How we might search for life in the future

How we might search for life in the future

The “LIFE” mission, proposed by PlanetS researchers, could help answer questions about the habitability of our cosmic environment by employing a direct approach. When looking up at the sky at night, sooner or later the inevitable question arises: “Are we alone?” So far, science has not found the answer, even though it has been certain […]

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Origin of two “cosmic diamonds” clarified

Origin of two “cosmic diamonds” clarified

“Bennu” and “Ryugu” are two near-Earth asteroids with a diamond-like shape, the origin of which has long been a mystery. Now simulations of asteroid break-ups show how the special shape came about. The results could also help to better understand the processes involved in the formation of the Earth. Around four and a half billion […]

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Otherworldly winds

Otherworldly winds

A group of scientists led by the NCCR-PlanetS and the University of Geneva, investigated wind patterns of an exoplanet with extreme conditions. Their insights may also help us understand the atmospheres of other worlds. Including our own. Imagine you were looking down upon the Earth from space. Your task would be to discern the general […]

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Scientists achieve simultaneous simulation of gravitation and magnetism of a protoplanetary disk

Scientists achieve simultaneous simulation of gravitation and magnetism of a protoplanetary disk

Researchers from the Universities of Zurich and Cambridge have succeeded for the first time in creating a single computer-simulated model that combines processes in the development of planets that were previously simulated separately. In their novel simulations on the “Piz Daint” supercomputer, they identified a new kind of friction mechanism that could solve a ubiquitous […]

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Explore the universe from home with PlanetS

Explore the universe from home with PlanetS

For weeks we have been spending most of our time at home. We are distancing ourselves from each other, trying to get the Corona crisis under control. That brings with it many challenges. Schools, for example, now often rely on online lessons. But that doesn’t work smoothly everywhere and in some places lessons are cancelled. […]

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