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January 16, 2019 updates

‘Oumuamua’s Geometry Could be More Extreme than Previously Inferred

Parasitic SETI and Parasitic Space Science

The implications of clustered star formation for (proto)planetary systems and habitability

A Pair of Planets Likely in Mean-Motion Resonance From Gravitational Microlensing

EPIC 247418783b: A rocky super-Earth in a 2.2 day orbit

Revisiting the dynamics of planets in binaries: evolutionary timescales and the effect of early stellar evolution

Water delivery by pebble accretion to rocky planets in habitable zones in evolving disks

Multiverse Predictions for Habitability: The Number of Stars and their Properties

Self-supervised Anomaly Detection for Narrowband SETI

A transiting super-Earth close to the inner edge of the habitable zone of an M0 dwarf star

January 15, 2019 updates

EPIC 249624646: a warm Jupiter and a mini-Neptune in a triple-star system

Towards More Reliable Analytic Thermochemical-equilibrium Abundances

Lessons for WFIRST CGI from ground-based high-contrast systems

Key Technologies for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope Coronagraph Instrument

A search for technosignatures from TRAPPIST-1, LHS 1140, and 10 planetary systems in the Kepler field with the Green Bank Telescope at 1.15-1.73 GHz

Reference star differential imaging of close-in companions and circumstellar disks with the NIRC2 vortex coronagraph at W.M. Keck Observatory

Interstellar Probes: The Benefits to Astronomy & Astrophysics

January 14, 2019 updates

X-ray, UV, Optical Irradiances and Age of Barnard’s Star’s new Super-earth Planet:—“Can Life Find a Way” on such cold Planet?

First Stop on the Interstellar Journey: The Solar Gravity Lens Focus

Plasma Dynamics in Firefly’s Z-pinch Fusion Engine

Gram-Scale Nano-Spacecraft Entry into Star Systems

The Interstellar Fusion Fuel Resource Base of Our Solar System

Tests of Fundamental Physics in Interstellar Flight

January 11, 2019 updates


Post-conjunction detection of β Pictoris b with VLT/SPHERE

Extrasolar planets and brown dwarfs around AF-type stars X. The SOPHIE sample: combining the SOPHIE and HARPS surveys to compute the close giant planet mass-period distribution around AF-type stars

Exoplanet Atmosphere Forecast: Observers Should Expect Spectroscopic Transmission Features to be Muted to 33%

How planetary growth outperforms migration

Climate sensitivity to ozone and its relevance on the habitability of Earth-like planets

Climate Sensitivity to Carbon Dioxide and Moist Greenhouse threshold of Earth-like planets under an increasing solar forcing

Simulating Non-hydrostatic atmospheres on Planets (SNAP): formulation, validation and application to the Jovian atmosphere

January 10, 2019 updates

A Wild ‘Interstellar Probe’ Mission Idea Is Gaining Momentum

Signs of life on a global scale: Earth as a laboratory for exoplanet biosignatures

The fate of planetesimal discs in young open clusters: implications for 1I/’Oumuamua, the Kuiper belt, the Oort cloud and more

Testing the Detectability of Extraterrestrial O2 with the ELTs using Real Data with Real Noise

The Oxyometer: A Novel Instrument Concept for Characterizing Exoplanet Atmospheres

On the formation of our solar system and many other protoplanetary systems observed by ALMA and SPHERE

Conundrums and constraints concerning the formation of our solar system — An alternative view

Short life and abrupt death of PicSat, a small 3U CubeSat dreaming of exoplanet detection

Time-variable electromagnetic star-planet interaction: The TRAPPIST-1 system as an exemplary case

Secular spin-axis dynamics of exoplanets

Review: Far-Infrared Instrumentation and Technology Development for the Next Decade