Interstellar Updates

These are items of interest to the interstellar exploration community that we’ve found in our quest for information that will help us advance toward our goals.  If you know of anything we’ve overlooked, or any sources of such information we should monitor, or if you would like to be added to our IRG-updates mailing list and receive these updates in you email every weekday, please send that information to info@irg.space.

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April 18, 2019 updates

Polynesian Civilization and the Future Colonization of Space
https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2085&context=ccr

The CORALIE survey for southern extrasolar planets XVIII Three new massive planets and two low mass brown dwarfs at separation larger than 5 AU
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332173182_The_CORALIE_survey_for_southern_extrasolar_planets_XVIII_Three_new_massive_planets_and_two_low_mass_brown_dwarfs_at_separation_larger_than_5_AU

Stellar activity and planetary atmosphere evolution in tight binary star systems
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332494435_Stellar_activity_and_planetary_atmosphere_evolution_in_tight_binary_star_systems

Could there be an undetected inner planet near the stability limit in Kepler-1647?
https://arxiv.org/abs/1904.07929

NGTS-6b: An Ultra Hot-Jupiter Orbiting a Metal-rich star
https://arxiv.org/abs/1904.07997

Linking the evolution of terrestrial interiors and an early outgassed atmosphere to astrophysical observations
https://arxiv.org/abs/1904.08300

April 17, 2019 updates

Foundations of Interstellar Studies Workshop 2019
https://www.fisw.space/fisw-2019

Planetary Exploration, Horizon 2061
https://h2061-tlse.sciencesconf.org/

Discovery of a Third Transiting Planet in the Kepler-47 Circumbinary System
https://arxiv.org/abs/1904.07255

Observation of a possible superflare on Proxima Centauri
https://academic.oup.com/mnrasl/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/mnrasl/slz054/5472906

Excitation of Planetary Obliquities Through Planet-Disk Interactions
https://arxiv.org/abs/1904.07338

Orbital decay of short-period gas giants under evolving tides
https://arxiv.org/abs/1904.07596

April 16, 2019 updates

Dual Use Exoplanet Telescope (DUET)
https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2019_Phase_I_Phase_II/duet/

Power for Interstellar Fly-by
https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2019_Phase_I_Phase_II/Power_for_Interstellar_Fly_by/

Self-Guided Beamed Propulsion for Breakthrough Interstellar Missions
https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2019_Phase_I_Phase_II/Self_Guided_Beamed_Propulsion/

Diffractive Lightsails
https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2019_Phase_I_Phase_II/Diffractive_Lightsails/

On the feasibility of studying the exospheres of Earth-like exoplanets by Lyman-α monitoring
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10686-018-9574-5

Indications for transit timing variations in the exo-Neptune HAT-P-26b
https://arxiv.org/abs/1904.06360

On the Mass Function, Multiplicity, and Origins of Wide-Orbit Giant Planets
https://arxiv.org/abs/1904.06438

Impacts of Quantum Chemistry Calculations on Exoplanetary Science, Planetary Astronomy, and Astrophysics
https://arxiv.org/abs/1904.07161

Discovery of a Meteor of Interstellar Origin
https://arxiv.org/abs/1904.07224