Topic: Astronomy

Texas Astronomers Help Find Earth’s Older, Bigger Cousin

July 23, 2015
Kepler-452b artist's concept

UT Austin astronomers working with NASA’s Kepler mission have helped to discover the first near-Earth-sized planet around a Sun-like star in the “habitable zone,” the range of distances where liquid water could pool on a planet’s surface.

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UT, Partners Approve Giant Magellan Telescope Construction

June 3, 2015
Giant Magellan Telescope

The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), which is poised to become to the largest optical telescope in existence, announces major milestone with 11 international partners including UT Austin.  

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Black Hole Chokes on a Swallowed Star

Jan. 27, 2015

A five-year analysis of an event captured by a tiny telescope at McDonald Observatory and followed up by telescopes on the ground and in space has led astronomers to believe they witnessed a giant black hole tear apart a star.

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Astronomers Find Sun's 'Long-Lost Brother,' Pave Way for Family Reunion

May 8, 2014

A team of researchers led by astronomer Ivan Ramirez of The University of Texas at Austin has identified the first "sibling" of the sun a star almost certainly born from the same cloud of gas and dust as our star.

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UT Austin to Become Partner in Construction of World's Largest Telescope

March 7, 2014

The University of Texas System Board of Regents Friday authorized UT Austin to spend $50 million in research reserves to participate in building the Giant Magellan Telescope, which will be the world's largest telescope when it's completed in 2020. The project will give students, researchers and faculty the opportunity to make groundbreaking discoveries in astronomy.

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