Astrochemistry: December 2013

Organic haze plays a key role in many planetary processes ranging from influencing the radiation budget of an atmosphere to serving as a source of prebiotic molecules on the surface.

Astrochemistry is a discipline that studies physico-chemical processes in astrophysical environments.

Cosmic rays may be linked to the formation of volatiles necessary for prebiotic chemistry.

We present the results of simulations on the detectability of O2 in the atmosphere of Earth twins around nearby low mass stars using high resolution transmission spectroscopy.

We present narrow-band photometric measurements of the exoplanet GJ 1214b using the 10.4 m Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) and the OSIRIS instrument.

Context: The dusty debris disk around the ~20 Myr old main-sequence A-star beta Pic is known to contain gas.