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Estimating eta-Earth

Understanding the origin of very close-in, rocky exoplanets can help us to constrain the frequency of Earth-like exoplanets on orbits where liquid water may exist on their surface.

Observing the earliest stages of star and planet formation

Spiral waves detected in a disc around a very young star may be indicative of a gravitational instability.

Monitoring Weather Patterns with the Spitzer Space Telescope

In a recent paper we searched for evidence of weather patterns in the atmospheres of three free-floating ‘exoplanet analogues’ using the Spitzer Space Telescope.

Sculpting the population of planets formed via disc fragmentation

Fragment-fragment interactions can play a key role in sculpting the population of planets formed via direct collapse in gravitationally unstable protostellar discs

The Viewing Geometry of Brown Dwarfs Influences Their Spectral Appearance

Researchers at the Centre for Exoplanet Science investigated the effects of viewing geometry on the observed properties of brown dwarfs.

The properties of planets that form via disc instability

Investigating the properties of giant planets that form via direct gravitational collapse.

The formation of planets on wide orbits

Comparing observed exoplanet populations with synthetic populations so as to determine the likely formation mechanism of the known exoplanets.

Far-off planetary worlds may sustain life

Life could exist in the atmospheres of brown dwarfs and gas giants, research suggests.