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First ‘glory’ on hellish distant world?
Published 5 April, 2024 in Outreach

Led by an Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço researcher, the team used ESA's Cheops space telescope to observe potential signs of the rainbow-like ‘glory effect’ in the... read more ❯
Tiniest “starquakes” ever detected
Published 26 March, 2024 in Outreach

At a distance of 11.9 light years, Epsilon Indi (ε Indi) is an orange dwarf star (also known as a K dwarf) with 71% of the Sun’s diameter. An international... read more ❯
Ultraviolet light from massive stars may prevent the formation of giant planets
Published 1 March, 2024 in Outreach

Conceção artística de uma estrela quente e azul, com vinte cinco vezes mais massa do que o Sol, e de um planeta semelhante a Júpiter.

Huge superluminous stars may force young stars of low mass to live nearly alone, without the company of giant planets, according to a study led by Olivier Berné, of the... read more ❯
Rare giant exoplanets discovered around giant stars
Published 15 December, 2023 in Outreach

In two recent scientific papers, led by Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço researchers, several "jupiters" were found around giant and intermediate mass stars, a type of stars were... read more ❯


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ANDES (ArmazoNes high Dispersion Echelle Spectrograph) is the planned high-resolution (R ~ 100,000) spectrograph for ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) operating at visible Read more


Detection and characterisation of other Earths, i.e., planets with the physical conditions to hold liquid water and thus potential life-sustaining environments, is a Read more


SPIRou (SPectropolarimètre InfraROUge) is a near-infrared spectropolarimeter and high-precision velocimeter for the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT). It is a near-infrared fiber-fed, double-pass cross-dispersed spectrograph, based Read more


Ariel (Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey) is the M4 mission in ESA’s Cosmic Vision long-term plan, being expected to launch in 2029. During Read more