Tag Archives: Exoplanets

Overhype much?

There has been quite a lot of news coverage suggesting that astronomer have, for the first time, discovered planets in another galaxy. It’s from a paper by Xinyu Dai and Eduardo Guerras called Probing Planets in Extragalactic Galaxies Using Quasar … Continue reading

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Thinking like a planet

Adam Frank has a recent article called Climate change and the astrobiology of the anthropocene. The premise of the article is that we should think of climate change in terms of astrobiology and, in particular, the habitabilty of planets and … Continue reading

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A new exoplanet!

You might think I’m going to discuss the newly discovered explanet around Proxima Centauri, but – no – that’s pretty much been done to death. Instead, I thought I might tell you about our paper that was accepted on the … Continue reading

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Thousands of exoplanets!

I was quoted in the newspaper today. One problem with talking to journalists, is that you don’t always know quite how they’re going to represent what you said, or – even – if you’re going to end up having said … Continue reading

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Matt Ridley on filters

I was following the responses – on Twitter – to Matt Ridley promoting Christopher Booker’s latest piece of nonsense. In doing so, I discovered that Matt Ridley recently wrote an article in The Times, called ET hasn’t phoned, but don’t … Continue reading

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Kozai-Lidov cycles

Given that I wouldn’t mind a break from the climate wars (although I don’t think I’m quite as cured as Stoat suggests he is), I thought I might write about something completely different. From 1958-1976, the Soviet Union had a … Continue reading

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