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May 2, 2018 updates

Moonfalls: Collisions between the Earth and its past moons

Planet Populations as a Function of Stellar Properties

Global Climate and Atmospheric Composition of the Ultra-Hot Jupiter WASP-103b from HST and Spitzer Phase Curve Observations

An ice giant exoplanet interpretation of the anomaly in microlensing event OGLE-2011-BLG-0173

Extremely Irradiated Hot Jupiters: Non-Oxide Inversions, H- Opacity, and Thermal Dissociation of Molecules

From thermal dissociation to condensation in the atmospheres of ultra hot Jupiters: WASP-121b in context

Revised Radii of Kepler Stars and Planets using Gaia Data Release 2

A HST/WFC3 Thermal Emission Spectrum of the Hot Jupiter HAT-P-7b

May 1, 2018 updates

Space Settlement: What’s the Rush?

How Will An Organism Get to Space?

Absolute densities in exoplanetary systems. Photodynamical modelling of Kepler-138.

Mars’ growth stunted by an early giant planet instability

TRAPPIST-1e Has a Large Iron Core

The detectability of radio emission from exoplanets

Evidence for unresolved exoplanet-hosting binaries in Gaia DR2

The XUV environments of exoplanets from Jupiter-size to super-Earth

A Comparative Analysis of the Cobb-Douglas Habitability Score (CDHS) with the Earth Similarity Index (ESI)

April 27, 2018 updates

SPECULOOS – (Search for Planets EClipsing ULtra-cOOl Stars)

Planet seeding and lithopanspermia through gas-assisted capture of interstellar objects

Microlensing planets in the light of the second data release of Gaia

The Effects of Stellar Companions on Exoplanet Radius Distributions

Planet Formation in Disks with Inclined Binary Companions: Can Primordial Spin-Orbit Misalignment be Produced?

April 26, 2018 updates

Crystal structure and equation of state of Fe-Si alloys at super-Earth core conditions

Water Partitioning in Planetary Embryos and Protoplanets with Magma Oceans

Measuring Planetary Atmospheric Dynamics with Doppler Spectroscopy

Influence of periodic orbits on the formation of giant planetary systems

Searching for Exoplanets Around X-Ray Binaries with Accreting White Dwarfs, Neutron Stars, and Black Holes

Increased Tidal Dissipation Using Advanced Rheological Models: Implications for Io and Tidally Active Exoplanets

Astrometric detectability of systems with unseen companions: effects of the Earth orbital motion

Kepler Data Validation I — Architecture, Diagnostic Tests, and Data Products for Vetting Transiting Planet Candidates