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CEHW Professor Dawson honored with Urey Prize

Posted on Aug 14, 2020 in Awards & Honors, Featured, News | 0 comments

The Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society is pleased to award the 2020 Harold C. Urey Prize for outstanding achievement in planetary research by an early career scientist to CEHW...

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A young sub-Neptune-sized planet sheds light onto how planets form and evolve

Posted on Aug 5, 2020 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, Featured, Instrumentation, Planetary Atmospheres & Interiors | 0 comments

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The detailed characterization of a young planet slightly smaller than Neptune provides insight into how such planets form and evolve. Astronomers characterized the planet’s mass, radius, and...

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New type of pulsating star discovered

Posted on Mar 10, 2020 in News | 0 comments

CEHW postdoc Zhao Guo’s research recently appeared in Nature Astronomy...

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Sub-Neptune sized planet validated with the Habitable-zone Planet Finder

Posted on Feb 20, 2020 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, News, Research | 0 comments

A signal originally detected by the Kepler spacecraft has been validated as an...

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NASA’s Newest Planet Tracker Finds a Sky-high Perch

Posted on Jan 12, 2020 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, Instrumentation, Press Coverage | 0 comments

A new instrument funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation called...

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NEID Spectrograph Sees First Light

Posted on Jan 10, 2020 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, Featured, Instrumentation, News, Press Coverage | 0 comments

The exoplanet-hunting instrument NEID, designed and built at Penn State, has...

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