Topic: Astrophysics

Texas Astronomers Measure Most Massive, Most Unusual Black Hole Using Hobby-Eberly Telescope

Nov. 28, 2012

Astronomers have used the Hobby-Eberly Telescope at The University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory to measure the mass of what may be the most massive black hole yet 17 billion times our sun's mass in galaxy NGC 1277. The unusual black hole makes up 14 percent of its galaxy's mass, rather than the usual 0.1 percent.

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Astronomers Test Einstein in a New Regime Using Pair of Burnt-Out Stars

Aug. 28, 2012

A team of astronomers led by researchers from The University of Texas at Austin has confirmed the emission of gravitational waves from the second-strongest known source in our galaxy by studying the shrinking orbital period of a unique pair of burnt-out stars. Their observations tested Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity in a new regime.

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University of Texas at Austin Supercomputing Center to Receive $10 Million in Private Funding

Feb. 21, 2012

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin today announced it has received a commitment of $10 million from the O'Donnell Foundation to advance data-driven science, also called data-enabled or data-intensive science.

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Simulating the universe for movie fans

Oct. 7, 2011
Simulating the universe for movie fans

Astronomy Professor Volker Bromm talks about the cosmic dark ages, first light and how his research was tapped for the film "Tree of Life."

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The world's most powerful laser

Aug. 29, 2011
The world's most powerful laser

In this video, Professor Todd Ditmire shows how the Texas Petawatt laser helps scientists create matter at the most extreme conditions in the universe.

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