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 TVIW-updates mailing list and receive these updates in you email every weekday, please send that information to


November 23, 2020 updates

The Timing of Evolutionary Transitions Suggests Intelligent Life Is Rare

Spectropolarimetry of Primitive Phototrophs as Global Surface Biosignatures

Gaia search for stellar companions of TESS Objects of Interest

Correcting the effect of stellar spots on ARIEL transmission spectra

Methane as a dominant absorber in the habitable-zone sub-Neptune K2-18 b

Orbital evolution of potentially habitable planets of tidally interacting binary stars

1D atmospheric study of the temperate sub-Neptune K2-18b

Evidence for chromium hydride in the atmosphere of Hot Jupiter WASP-31b

Vetting of 384 TESS Objects of Interest with TRICERATOPS and Statistical Validation of 12 Planet Candidates

November 20, 2020 updates

Near-infrared Opacity of Late M Dwarfs and Hot Jupiters: The E 3Π–X 3Δ Transition of TiO

JWST Transit Spectra. II. Constraining Aerosol Species, Particle-size Distributions, Temperature, and Metallicity for Cloudy Exoplanets

A Closer Look at Exoplanet Occurrence Rates: Considering the Multiplicity of Stars Without Detected Planets

November 19, 2020 updates

Kozai Migration Naturally Explains the White Dwarf Planet WD1856 b

Survivor Bias: Divergent Fates of the Solar System’s Ejected versus Persisting Planetesimals

A collage of small planets from the Lick Carnegie Exoplanet Survey : Exploring the super-Earth and sub-Neptune mass regime

The Probability that a Rocky Planet’s Composition Reflects its Host Star

Eccentricity Driven Climate Effects in the Kepler-1649 System

Brightness modulations of our nearest terrestrial planet Venus reveal atmospheric super-rotation rather than surface features

November 17, 2020 updates

Generation of Unbound Comets and Planets by Planetary Systems

Finding Signs of Life on Transiting Earthlike Planets: High-resolution Transmission Spectra of Earth through Time around FGKM Host Stars

Direct imaging of sub-Jupiter mass exoplanets with James Webb Space Telescope coronagraphy

Multi-color photometry and parameters estimation of Jupiter-sized exoplanets; TRES-3b, WASP-2b and HATP-30b

Detection of the hydrogen Balmer lines in the ultra-hot Jupiter WASP-33b

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