Planetary Formation in the News

Planetary formation made the news in three different ways this week. Find out how surprising results from studies of a meteorite, a debris field and the planet Venus all shed new light on our own planet's deep history.

‘Black Widow’ Binary Star Found – Shortest Orbit Ever

Black widow binary stars consist of a neutron star consuming a nearby companion star. Find out how scientists used a new technique to find one of these rare systems, and why their discovery has two other unique characteristics.

Webb Telescope Optics Meet Expectations

The James Webb Space Telescope team has announced that they've completed a key stage in deploying its primary mirror. Find out why NASA now confirms that the telescope's audaicious design will deliver on its demanding science goals.

Planet with Two Suns Detected by Ground-Based Telescope

A planet with two suns named Kepler 16-b was located using conventional astronomy last week. Discover why this is an important breakthrough that will lead to a better understanding of how planets form.

James Webb Space Telescope Unfolds Its Mirror

The James Webb Space Telescope has now unfolded its sophisticated mirror system. Find out why its program manager called this “a remarkable feat for our team, NASA, and the world.”

Planet Formation Clarified by Young Star System

Planet formation remains one of the mysteries of astrophysics. Find out how a new study sheds light on the process and offers a new method for future research in the field. (4:30 min read)