My latest 10 astrobites posts

October 31, 2016

It is commonly believed that Earth and meteorites reveal substantial differences. Today’s authors challenge this view based on their laboratory experiments. Click here and read the full article on

September 15, 2016

Observing protoplanetary disks with ALMA yields astonishing information about structures in disks. Today’s astrobite presents and discusses a thrilling disk with an inner dust cavity, as well as gaps and rings. Moreover the gaseous disk extends to much larger radii in...

August 8, 2016

Stars at later stages of their evolution lack planets at small orbits, which is believed to be a consequence of disruption. However, the authors of the featured article found a large planet around a star at a late stage of its evolution. Click here to read the full art...

June 30, 2016

There are some papers that present relations that are important enough to get their own names. This astrobite presents three relations that have a remarkable similar shape, namely the Faber-Jackson, Tully-Fisher and M-sigma relations.

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June 26, 2016

The image of the protoplanetary disk around HL Tau illustrating ring structures triggered a huge “WOW!”. Read on and get convinced by recent observations of TW Hya that ring structures seem to be rule rather than the exception. Click here to read the full article on as...

May 25, 2016

Recently, several supernovae have been observed that do not fit in any of the known categories. These Calcium-rich supernovae are challenging to explain, but in this astrobite you read that they are likely the result of an expelled merger. Click here to read the full a...

April 17, 2016

Astrophysics covers a huge amount of scales from subatomic size to the size of the universe. Nevertheless, it is often possible to describe fundamental phenomena only with the help of few equations – although doing the calculations may reveal surprises. Click here to r...

January 27, 2016

Grains of dust and ice stick differently. Read on to get a compact overview of a possible effect of the variable "level of stickiness" for planet formation. Click here to read the full article on


December 22, 2015

More than a year ago, scientists managed to land on a comet for the very first time in human history. Read on to get a compact overview of some of the most important results of the mission obtained so far. Click here to read the full article on


November 4, 2015

Planets with radii between Earth and Neptune and small radii are the most common in planetary systems. These planets are challenging to explain with classical models of planets. Do planets form instead in-situ in an inside-out manner? Click here to read the full articl...

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