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Sunspots, solar flares, and aurorae

Posted: 15 Jul 2012

Oxford astronomer and exoplanet researcher Amy McQuillan was in Tel Aviv this week for a research visit. Taking photos early one evening, she noticed something strange on the disc of the Sun. A little while later, she posted what she'd seen on FaceBook:

Exoplanet GJ1214b: What a wonderful world!

Posted: 06 Jul 2012

The field of extra-solar planet research is still a young one, but progress over the last few years has been startling. Now that we've found hundreds of exoplanets, the time is ripe to start asking interesting questions about what their atmospheres are like, says Jo Barstow.