Interstellar Updates

These are items of interest to the interstellar exploration community that we’ve found in our quest for information that will help us advance toward our goals.  If you know of anything we’ve overlooked, or any sources of such information we should monitor, or if you would like to be added to our TVIW-updates mailing list and receive these updates in you email every weekday, please send that information to


July 30, 2020 updates

PTFO 8-8695: Two Stars, Two Signals, No Planet

Analytic Stability Maps of Unknown Exoplanet Companions for Imaging Prioritization

Exploring the Atmospheric Dynamics of the Extreme Ultrahot Jupiter KELT-9b Using TESS Photometry

Hurricane Genesis is Favorable on Terrestrial Exoplanets Orbiting Late-type M Dwarf Stars

Laboratory Demonstration of Spatial Linear Dark Field Control For Imaging Extrasolar Planets in Reflected Light

Architectures of Exoplanetary Systems: Eccentricity and Mutual Inclination Distributions of AMD-Stable Planetary Systems

A Volatile-Poor Formation of LHS 3844b based on its Lack of Significant Atmosphere

July 29, 2020 updates

When “Boring” Stars Flare: The Ultraviolet Activity of GJ 887, a Bright M Star Hosting Newly Discovered Planets

Novel instellation calculations for close-in exoplanets

The Importance of Prioritizing Exoplanet Experimental Facilities

TESS Reveals a Short-period Sub-Neptune Sibling (HD 86226c) to a Known Long-period Giant Planet

KELT-17: a chemically peculiar Am star and a hot-Jupiter planet

Demarcating circulation regimes of synchronously rotating terrestrial planets within the habitable zone

July 28, 2020 updates

Low-cost precursor of an interstellar mission

ZigZag: A Memory-Centric Rapid DNN Accelerator Design Space Exploration Framework

The Evolutionary Track of H/He Envelopes of the Observed Population of Sub-Neptunes and Super-Earths

Non-detection of Helium in the Upper Atmospheres of Three Sub-Neptune Exoplanets

Dynamical evolution of two-planet systems and its connection with white dwarf atmospheric pollution

Bayesian Dynamic Mapping of an Exo-Earth from Photometric Variability

Observing transiting exoplanets with the MicroObservatory: 43 new transit light curves of the hot Jupiter HAT-P-32b

Efficiency of tidal dissipation in slowly rotating fully convective stars or planets

Detection of Na in WASP-21b’s lower and upper atmosphere

Unified simulations of planetary formation and atmospheric evolution II: Rapid disk clearing by photoevaporation yields low-mass super-Earth atmospheres

EUV irradiation of exoplanet atmospheres occurs on Gyr timescales

Zodiacal Exoplanets in Time. XI. The Orbit and Radiation Environment of the Young M Dwarf-Hosted Planet K2-25b

Planetary candidates transiting cool dwarf stars from Campaigns 12 to 15 of K2

The Habitable-zone Planet Finder Reveals A High Mass and a Low Obliquity for the Young Neptune K2-25b

July 27, 2020 updates

Identifying Exoplanets Using Deep Learning and Predicting Their Likelihood of Habitability

Alfnoor: A Retrieval Simulation of the Ariel Target List

Limits on the orbits of possible exomoons around Kepler giant planets in the habitable zone

Thermal and orbital evolution of low-mass exoplanets

Exobodies in Our Back Yard: Science from Missions to Nearby Interstellar Objects

Habitability of M dwarfs is a problem for the traditional SETI

July 23, 2020 updates

Comments on the contending hypotheses about the origin of life

Possible Atmospheric Diversity of Low Mass Exoplanets – Some Central Aspects

Transits of Known Planets Orbiting a Naked-Eye Star

Effect of Sea-ice Drift on the Onset of Snowball Climate on Rapidly Rotating Aqua-planets

Constraining the oblateness of transiting planets with photometry and spectroscopy

Orbital period modulation in hot Jupiter systems

A New Method For Studying Exoplanet Atmospheres Using Planetary Infrared Excess

Relaying Swarms of Low-Mass Interstellar Probes

Orbital misalignment of the super-Earth π Men c with the spin of its star

Solar One: A Proposal for The First Crewed Interstellar Spacecraft