Hello, The first question in the 'Ask me about Astronomy' section has been asked and it's quite an entertaining one: 'How do planets form?' I took some time to try and explain as clearly as possible the process we envision to form giant and terrestrial planets. You can read the answer by clicking on 'Ask me about Astronomy', whatever your background is, and ask more questions if something is still unclear or missing or some other totally unrelated question came to your mind!
Hi, A new step forward in exoplanet science has made it to the news all around the planet! A system with 7 Earth-like planets has been discovered around the star TRAPPIST-1, an ultra cool dwarf much colder than our Sun located 12pc away. The planets were discovered using the TRAPPIST telescope and the VLT in Chile as well as using the space-based telescope Spitzer. The cool news is that this is the system with the largest number of Earth-like planets discovered to date and 3