Interstellar Updates


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March 15, 2018 updates

The Transiting Exoplanet Community Early Release Science Program for JWST

Stellar obliquities and magnetic activities of Planet-Hosting Stars and Eclipsing Binaries based on Transit Chord Correlation

Three small planets transiting the bright young field star EPIC 249622103

Surface and Temporal Biosignatures

Energy Dissipation in the Upper Atmospheres of Trappist-1 Planets

A Likely Detection of a Two-Planet System in a Low Magnification Microlensing Event

Resonance Capture and Dynamics of 3-Planet Systems

The ngVLA’s Role in Exoplanet Science: Constraining Exo-Space Weather

Model-independent exoplanet transit spectroscopy

Superflare UV flashes impact on Kepler-96 system: a glimpse of habitability when the ozone layer first formed on Earth

March 14, 2018 updates

Possible Photometric Signatures of Moderately Advanced Civilizations: The Clarke Exobelt

Spitzer Opens New Path to Break Classic Degeneracy for Jupiter-Mass Microlensing Planet OGLE-2017-BLG-1140Lb

Key Technology Challenges for the Study of Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds

Kepler Data Validation I — Architecture, Diagnostic Tests, and Data Products for Vetting Transiting Planet Candidates

Possible Bright Starspots on TRAPPIST-1

The value of astrometry for exoplanet science

Project Blue: Visible Light Imaging Search for Terrestrial-class Exoplanets in the Habitable Zones of Alpha Centauri A and B

Implications of Neutron Star Mergers for Extraterrestrial Civilizations

A system of three transiting super-Earths in a cool dwarf star

March 13, 2018 updates

Interstellar communication. II. Application to the solar gravitational lens

The optimisation of low-acceleration interstellar relativistic rocket trajectories using genetic algorithms (not new, but interesting)

Limits and signatures of relativistic spaceflight

Are We the First: Was There Life Before Our Solar System?

Placing Outer Space: An Earthly Ethnography of Other Worlds

It’s a great big universe: Astrobiology and future trends for an astrotheology

Statistical Challenges in Exoplanet Detection

A White Paper Submitted to The National Academy of Science’s Committee on Exoplanet Science Strategy: Observing Exoplanets with the James Webb Space Telescope

Inner Super-Earths, Outer Gas Giants: How Pebble Isolation and Migration Feedback Keep Jupiters Cold

Precision Space Astrometry as a Tool to Find Earth-like Exoplanets

Exploring Extreme Space Weather Factors of Exoplanetary Habitability

Exoplanet Diversity in the Era of Space-based Direct Imaging Missions

Vortex coronagraphs for the Habitable Exoplanet Imaging Mission (HabEx) concept: theoretical performance and telescope requirements

EarthFinder: A Precise Radial Velocity Probe Mission Concept For the Detection of Earth-Mass Planets Orbiting Sun-like Stars

Planetary Candidates from K2 Campaign 16

Towards completing Planetary Systems: The role of minor bodies on life growth and survival

Survival of a planet in short-period Neptunian desert under effect of photo-evaporation

Recognizing the Value of the Solar Gravitational Lens for Direct Multipixel Imaging and Spectroscopy of an Exoplanet

March 12, 2018 updates

How to Build a Starship

Exoplanets around Low-mass Stars Unveiled by K2

Shallow Transits—Deep Learning. I. Feasibility Study of Deep Learning to Detect Periodic Transits of Exoplanets

Kepler-78 and the Ultra-Short-Period Planets

Merging the Astrophysics and Planetary Science Information Systems

March 9, 2018 updates

Energy of Extra-Terrestrial Civilizations according to Evo-SETI Theory

Exoplanet’s Figure and Its Interior

Atmospheric dynamics and habitability range in Earth-like aquaplanets obliquity simulations

Vacancies in MgO at ultrahigh pressure: About mantle rheology of super-Earths

Synthetic torpor: A method for safely and practically transporting experimental animals aboard spaceflight missions to deep space

If technological intelligent extraterrestrials exist, what biological traits are de rigueur

Which colors would extraterrestrial civilizations use to transmit signals?: The “magic wavelengths” for optical SETI

A pilot investigation to constrain the presence of ring systems around transiting exoplanets

Magnetic properties of Proxima Centauri b analogues

Kuiper Belt Analogues in Nearby M-type Planet-host Systems

Interstellar object ‘Oumuamua as an extinct fragment of an ejected cometary planetesimal

Two warm, low-density sub-Jovian planets orbiting bright stars in K2 campaigns 13 and 14

The Importance of Multiple Observation Methods to Characterize Potentially Habitable Exoplanets: Ground- and Space-Based Synergies

Ages for exoplanet host stars