My latest 10 astrobites posts

October 7, 2015

Astronomy & astrophysics is certainly an exciting field of research, but imagine there is a lot of research in other fields as well. How has research across different disciplines evolved in the past and how will astrophysics & astronomy do in terms of interdisciplinari...

September 9, 2015

A model that needs fewest parameters to explain a scenario is favourable. The fact that mm-size dust grains (chondrules) are present in the entire solar system brings rise to the question, whether all bigger solid objects are a collection of chondrules. Click here to r...

August 12, 2015


Earth’s atmosphere is about 100 times less massive than Venus’ atmosphere. This gave rise to the idea that Earth had a more massive atmosphere, which got then depleted by impacts. This Astrobite discusses what would have been the optimal impactor size. Click here to r...

July 21, 2015

The origin of ulta-long-lasting gamma-ray bursts has been puzzling. Astronomers now suggest that they occur as an outcome of a supernova interacting with its corresponding magnetar. Click here to read the article on



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