Center for Space and Habitability (CSH)

2016

First temperature map of a super-Earth exoplanet

 

 

PRESS RELEASES

Jet Propulsion Laboratory — http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=6223

Spitzer — http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/news/1869-ssc2016-01-NASA-s-Spitzer-Maps-Climate-Patterns-on-a-Super-Earth

University of Cambridge — http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/map-of-rocky-exoplanet-reveals-a-lava-world

MIT — http://news.mit.edu/2016/temperature-map-super-earth-lava-world-0330

 

ASTRONOMY PICTURE OF THE DAY

Astronomy Picture Of the Day — http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap160405.html

 

SELECTED MEDIA STORIES 

THE GUARDIAN — https://www.theguardian.com/science/across-the-universe/2016/mar/31/star-wars-style-lava-planet-discovered-close-to-earth

CNN— http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/30/tech/nasa-super-earth-temperatures/index.html

FORBES — http://www.forbes.com/sites/bridaineparnell/2016/03/31/most-detailed-map-of-nearby-super-earth-shows-a-world-of-two-halves/#1f8592041c59

DISCOVERY NEWS — http://news.discovery.com/space/alien-life-exoplanets/2-faced-exoplanet-is-both-solid-and-molten-rock-160330.htm

YAHOO NEWS — https://www.yahoo.com/news/weird-oozing-super-earth-planet-hot-nights-even-174940882.html?ref=gs

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN — http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/astronomers-create-the-first-heat-map-of-a-super-earth/

SLATE — http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2016/03/31/_55_cancri_e_surface_temperature_mapped_for_the_first_time.html

HUFFINGTON POST — http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lava-planet-55-cancri-e_us_56fc9d80e4b0daf53aeebb92?

WIRED— http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-03/31/detailed-map-exoplanet-lava

SPACE.COM — http://www.space.com/32416-super-earth-55-cancri-e-super-hot-weather.html

THE VERGE — http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/30/11332272/55-cancri-e-super-earth-temperatures-nightside-dayside

EOS — https://eos.org/articles/space-telescope-findings-suggest-molten-planetary-surface

SKY & TELESCOPE — http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/hot-nights-hotter-days-super-earth-55-cancri-e/

SCI NEWS — http://www.sci-news.com/astronomy/thermal-map-super-earth-55-cancri-e-03745.html

VOA NEWS — http://www.voanews.com/content/mht-two-faced-55-cancri-e/3263517.html

ABC — http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-31/two-faced-alien-planet-55-cancri-e-has-solid-and-liquid-surfaces/7287638

ASTRONOMY NOW — http://astronomynow.com/2016/03/31/map-of-rocky-exoplanet-reveals-a-lava-world/

IFL SCIENCE — http://www.iflscience.com/space/two-faced-alien-world-half-magma-ocean-half-perpetual-night

LIVE SCIENCE — http://www.livescience.com/54241-super-earth-55-cancri-e-super-hot-weather.html

 

2015

Variability in a super-Earth exoplanet

 

 

DISCOVERY NEWS — http://news.discovery.com/space/alien-life-exoplanets/hell-on-super-earth-extreme-exoplanet-volcanism-spied-150505.htm

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN — https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/nearby-super-earth-may-harbor-huge-volcanoes/

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC — http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150506-volcano-planet-space-cancri-astronomy/

SKY & TELESCOPE — http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/possible-volcanoes-on-a-super-earth-05191544/

 

2013

First cloud map of an exoplanet

 

 

BBC — http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24348024

TIME — http://science.time.com/2013/10/04/cloudy-with-a-chance-of-aliens/

DISCOVERY NEWS — http://news.discovery.com/space/alien-life-exoplanets/exoplanet-forecast-cloudy-with-chance-of-maelstrom-131001.htm

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC — http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/01/first-cloud-map-of-a-planet-beyond-our-solar-system/

HUFFINGTON POST — http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/03/clouds-alien-planet-mapped_n_4032128.html

 

Two Master Thesis positions are currently available in my research group:

  • The impact of climate change on the site characteristics of extremely large telescopes
  • Searching for terrestrial exoplanets: optimisation of the observing strategy


If you are interested in one of these projects, please contact me by phone or email.