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CHEOPS reveals a rugby ball-shaped exoplanet

CHEOPS reveals a rugby ball-shaped exoplanet

With the help of the CHEOPS space telescope, an international team including researchers from the Universities of Bern and Geneva as well as the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) PlanetS, was able to detect the deformation of an exoplanet for the first time. Due to strong tidal forces, the appearance of the planet […]

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SAINT-EX discovers eccentric exoplanet

SAINT-EX discovers eccentric exoplanet

Led by the University of Bern, an international research team has discovered a sub-Neptune exoplanet orbiting a red dwarf star. The discovery was also made thanks to observations performed by the SAINT-EX observatory in Mexico. SAINT-EX is run by a consortium including the Center for Space and Habitability (CSH) at the University of Bern and […]

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How did the peculiar moons of Uranus form?

How did the peculiar moons of Uranus form?

The peculiar characteristics of Uranus’ moons have been a topic of debate in astronomy for decades. Making use of state-of-the-art supercomputing and interdisciplinary expertise, researchers of the University of Zurich (UZH), who are part of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) PlanetS, propose a detailed answer in a new study. There is one […]

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Two-year launch anniversary of CHEOPS

Two-year launch anniversary of CHEOPS

After two years in orbit, the CHEOPS space telescope has exceeded expectations. By reliably revealing details of some of the most fascinating exoplanets, it has quickly become a key instrument for astronomers in Europe and has led to fruitful collaborations throughout the continent. CHEOPS is a joint mission by the European Space Agency (ESA) and […]

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A planet beyond the realm of possibility

A planet beyond the realm of possibility

An international team of researchers with participation of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) PlanetS, ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich has succeeded in capturing an image of a very special planet. No known planet orbits a hotter or more massive star system. Some astronomers even considered it impossible for planets to […]

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Editorial

Editorial

  Dear Reader Time flies! Over 7 years have passed since PlanetS was established (2014) and yet we feel that the more research we do, the more questions emerge and the more exciting they are! And not only for us, everywhere the huge interest in the field keeps growing! It gives everybody, young and old, […]

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Monika Lendl and Clémence Fontanive at #NCCRWomen

Monika Lendl and Clémence Fontanive at #NCCRWomen

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of women’s right to vote in Switzerland, the #NCCRWomen campaign introduces you to women from Swiss research institutes. NCCR PlanetS also participated in the campaign with two of its researchers: Monika Lendl and Clémence Fontanive. Clémence Fontanive is an astrophysicist and postdoc at the University of Bern. Clémence […]

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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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