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The Databases of Astronomy: Organizing the Knowledge of the Field

Astronomy is a field that has written records that date far back in history, much of it published in journals, books, and letters. However, only in the later part of the 20th century did the vast tomes of astronomical information meet the internet. Online tools now make it possible to access practically every paper or article ever published and visualize vast amounts of data from telescope archives. This post (to be updated incrementally in the future) will serve as an overview to some of the organizational tools of astronomy that astrobites authors have come to use and love. Continue reading

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Forming Ancient Stars

One of the big mysteries in astrophysics is the formation of the first stars. This simulation presents one possible formation mechanism for ancient stars. Continue reading

Explaining the small planet-small period void

One of the most exciting and fastest growing subfields of astronomy is the detection and study of extrasolar planets. The authors of this paper seek a physical explanation for a noticeable “step” in the mass-period distribution of short-period planets by running several hydrodynamic simulations. Continue reading

The Variability of Massive Stars

Not all stars are as well-behaved as our Sun. Some reprobate massive stars (greater than several solar masses) can flare, outflow, and even eject a significant amount of their material into the interstellar medium. Continue reading

American Astronomical Society January/February Newsletter

The latest AAS newsletter is filled with interesting articles on the professional, as opposed to scientific, side of astronomy, including the next generation space telescopes, careers beyond research, and the US political climate. Continue reading

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