Despite theoretical models predict a large abundance of Earth-like planets in our Galaxy, the family of the 4284 planets discovered so far (updated at 2020/9/25, credits: NASA) counts relatively a few of such a planets. This is clearly an observational bias, due to the fact that the methods used to detect planets are not sensitive to small planets. For this» Read more
Palermo Astronomical Observatory “Giuseppe S. Vaiana” is one of the research centres of the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF). It works together with Palermo University through the Department of Physics and Chemistry.
OAPa’s main characteristic is its specific vocation in the field of space astrophysics. The network of activities also involves several frontier research fields both at the national and international level.
Infrared variability in pre-Main Sequence stars. The study: “Near-infrared time-series photometry in the field of Cygnus OB2 association II. Mapping the variability of candidate members” of J. Roquette (University of Exeter/ ICEx – UFMG) recently appeared on A&A
Pre-Main Sequence stars are young stars whose nuclei are still not hot enough to trigger the thermonuclear reactions that will produce energy for the rest of their existence. Some of these stars are called “T Tauri”, and they are surrounded by a protoplanetary disk made of gas and dust, where planetary systems may form. T Tauri stars were classified for» Read more
Nanoflares and nanojets and the coronal heating problem. The paper: “Reconnection Nanojets in the Solar Corona” of P. Antolin (Northumbria University) appeared on Nature Astronomy
Solar corona is the outer atmosphere of our star. Extended for several solar radii, it is made of million degrees plasma, thus being hotter than the gas in the photosphere (about 5600 degrees). Several scientist have tried understanding the mechanism responsible for the heating of coronal plasma, but it is has been an open issue for decades. The most promising» Read more