13 August 2019

Highlights from AAS Nova: 28 July - 10 August 2019

Susanna Kohler, American Astronomical Society (AAS)

AAS Nova provides brief highlights of recently published articles from the AAS journals, i.e., The Astronomical Journal (AJ) and The Astrophysical Journal (ApJ), ApJ Letters, and ApJ Supplements. The website's intent is to gain broader exposure for AAS authors and to provide astronomy researchers and enthusiasts with summaries of recent, interesting research across a wide range of astronomical fields.

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The following are the AAS Nova highlights from the past two weeks; follow the links to read more, or visit the AAS Nova webpage for more posts.

9 August 2019
Spotting Molecular Gas in the Distant Universe
A new study has discovered molecular gas, the dense fuel for star formation, farther out in our universe than ever before.

7 August 2019
An “Impossible” White Dwarf Identified in Kepler Data
The latest discovery in the Kepler mission data? A light white dwarf that defies all expectations.

6 August 2019
Heating Up the Guts of Gas Giants
Astrobites reports on how hot Jupiters’ toasty exteriors affect their atmospheres and deep interiors.

5 August 2019
Using Mergers to Understand Neutron Stars
Can the mergers of neutron stars with another type of exotic object, black holes, reveal important information?

2 August 2019
Not so Fast: Some Stars Show a Spin-down Slowdown
Take a moment to relax with today’s post about stellar rotation slowdown. All the stars are winding down, too — or are they?

31 July 2019
Inferring History from Atmospheres
Can we use clues from the present to figure out how a planet has been blasted by the radiation of its host star in the past?

30 July 2019
Making It Rain in the Circumgalactic Medium
Astrobites reports on how enhanced resolution in cosmological simulations has now revealed new structure in the circumgalactic medium.

29 July 2019
Featured Image: Oscillations from Merging Giants
What happens to accreting gas when two supermassive black holes merge? Dramatic simulations provide new clues.