An astrophysicist used information gathered over a period of four years about discoveries and characterizations of hot Jupiters to complete her thesis. She uncovered a wealth of information about these gas giants that orbit very close to their star.
On October 19th 2016, the European probe ExoMars will land on Mars. The NOMAD spectrometer, which is of particular interest to researchers in the Laboratory of Planetary and Atmospheric Physics in Liege, will feature among the on-board instruments.
The international team of astronomers, who revealed the existence of a small, close planetary system, provides additional observations on the composition and atmosphere of two of these exoplanets.
Astrophysicists have produced an infrared map of the surface of a super-Earth which has been published in the journal Nature. This event marks the beginning of a new area of research focussing on the dynamics of small exoplanets.
Astrophysicists from Liege have discovered three Earth-sized planets around a star 40 light years away. These planets could present habitable conditions on their surfaces. In addition, the large telescopes of the future will be capable of studying them in detail and detecting whether or not life exists on them!