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CO Ice in Protoplanetary Disks

Cosmic Mystery Solved: Missing Carbon Monoxide Was Hiding in the Ice

Astronomers frequently observe carbon monoxide (CO) in planetary nurseries. Because the compound is ultra-bright and extremely common in protoplanetary disks — regions of dust and…

Giant Planet Microlensing Event

A Giant Planet Microlensing Event

Over 5,000 exoplanets have been detected to date, with more than 90% of them found by using the transit or radial velocity techniques. Of the…

Gas Rich Debris Disk Around 49 Ceti

Finding Exoplanets in Debris Disks

Debris disks around main-sequence stars are tenuous belts of dust thought to be produced when asteroids or other planetesimals collide and fragment. They are common:…