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


November 15, 2018 updates

A key piece in the exoplanet puzzle

A candidate super-Earth planet orbiting near the snow line of Barnard’s star

Spitzer Observations of Interstellar Object 1I/’Oumuamua

Diagrams and alien ways of thinking

Explicit relations and criteria for eclipses, transits and occultations

HD2685 b: A Hot-Jupiter orbiting an early F-type star detected by TESS

The TP3-WFS: a new guy in town

WASP-190b: Tomographic discovery of a transiting hot Jupiter

Prospects for detecting the astrometric signature of Barnard’s Star b

November 14, 2018 updates

Hubble pinpoints first exomoon discovery

Data mining predicts stellar eclipse

Treating Wavefront Measurement Error in Estimation of Non-Common Path Aberration for Direct Imaging of Exoplanets

The Exchange of Mass and Angular Momentum in the Impact Event of Ice Giant Planets: Implications for the origin of Uranus

WASP-166b: a bloated super-Neptune transiting a V = 9 star

Laser Guide Star for Large Segmented-Aperture Space Telescopes, Part I: Implications for Terrestrial Exoplanet Detection and Observatory Stability

XUV Radiation from A-stars: Implications for Ultra-hot Jupiters

November 13, 2018 updates

Solar Sails: Traveling the Solar System (and Beyond!) with Sunlight

Brown dwarf companion with a period of 4.6 yr interacting with the hot Jupiter CoRoT-20 b

The Ring Structure in the MWC 480 Disk Revealed by ALMA

The chemical composition of planet building blocks as predicted by stellar population synthesis

Magnetic Fields on the Flare Star Trappist-1: Consequences for Radius Inflation and Planetary Habitability

Integrating light-curve and atmospheric modelling of transiting exoplanets

Disentangling the planet from the star in late type M dwarfs: A case study of TRAPPIST-1g

Discovery of a Transiting Adolescent Sub-Neptune Exoplanet with K2

November 12, 2018 updates

Comets, Enceladus and panspermia

NASA’s Astrobiology Program Evolving to Meet the Future

NASA to shut down astrobiology virtual institute

Stability of planets in triple star systems

HD 189733 b: bow shock or no shock?

On the robustness of analysis techniques for molecular detections using high resolution exoplanet spectroscopy

Efficient Joint Sampling of Impact Parameters and Transit Depths in Transiting Exoplanet Light Curves

Super-Earths in the TW Hya disc

November 9, 2018 updates

Planetary tidal interactions and the rotational evolution of low-mass stars – The Pleiades’ anomaly

An automated search for transiting exocomets

Sculpting the Valley in the Radius Distribution of Small Exoplanets as a by-product of Planet Formation: The Core-Powered Mass-Loss Mechanism

Bayesian Deep Learning for Exoplanet Atmospheric Retrieval

Polarized scattered light from self-luminous exoplanets. Three-dimensional scattering radiative transfer with ARTES