NPF is advertising two post-doctoral positions in Chile

The Nucleo Milenio for Planet Formation (NPF, http://www.npf.cl/) multidisciplinary group, formed by researchers in Valparaíso and Santiago, Chile, invites applications to fill two postdoctoral positions. One position is for a theoretician interested in planet formation or protoplanetary disks, to be based in Santiago. The second position is for an observational astronomer, based in Valparaíso, with…

NPF researchers study stellar encounters

The goal is to analyze if these encounters affect the disks around stars and the planetary formation that is triggered within them. Planets are born and evolve in disks made of gas and dust, the so-called “Protoplanetary disks”, which form around young stars. These stars are surrounded by other companions that are created within the…

NPF astronomer participates in research that discovered strange variable star

An international group of astronomers found a star whose brightness increases and decreases without an specified pattern. VVV-WIT-07, as the object was named, belongs to the Milky Way and only two other stars with a similar type of variability are known, in which case the physical mechanism that produces an abrupt decrease in its brightness…

Researchers creates tool that analyzes variable objects

The research used data obtained by the VVV survey and one of its results is the creation of a variable stars’ catalog. The future implementation of large telescopes has made necessary to define and develop new strategies to study the light coming from astronomical objects, one of them being the statistical analysis of the information…

Researcher from NPF participated in the first detection of a planet in formation

In this historical study, researchers identified a planetary mass object forming in the disk arround a young star. An international team of astronomers, including Johan Olofsson, associated researcher from the Millenium Nucleus of Planet Formation, captured the first direct image of a planet in formation. This planet orbits around the young star PDS 70 at…

Astronomers observe an elusive second-generation disk around a dwarf star

Around these stars, the most common ones in our galaxies, it is rather common to find terrestrial planets. This research sheds light on the early stages of the evolution of circumstellar disks around such stars. An international team of astronomers detected a circumstellar disk, which is thought to be a debris disk around a young low-mass star,…

International team of astronomers explains the cause of the mysterious shape of the disk surrounding a young star

Two researchers from the Millenium Nucleus of Planet Formation participated in the study. The workwas carried out using numerical simulations. A group of international astronomers, among which Nicolás Cuello, young researcher of the Millenium Nucleus of Planet Formation, and Jorge Cuadra, Associated researcher of the centre, stand out, concluded that the mysterious shape of the…

Researchers from NPF studied brown dwarfs formation process

A group of international astronomers, lead by researchers from the Millenium Nucleus of Planet Formation, carried out a detailed study of a brown dwarf orbiting a binary system. This allowed them to infer properties of the unknown formation process of these objects. Lead by the PhD student from the NPF, Alejandro Santamaría-Miranda, a group of…

NPF researcher characterizes disk around a low-mass star

Johan Olofsson led a publication using new and deep observations of a debris disks around a low-mass star and detected some unique features that remains challenging to explain. Debris disk around low-mass stars are difficult to observe due to their faintness, and therefore little is known about them. However, an international team of astronomers, led…

NPF is advertising two post-doctoral positions in Chile

The recently appointed Núcleo Milenio de Formación Planetaria (NPF) is advertising two post-doctoral positions in Chile (Valparaiso and Santiago). The project is funded for three years, with the possibility to be renewed for three more years. The NPF project has two main branches, instrumentation (mirror design at the University Santa Maria in Valparaiso) and research…