Topic: Extrasolar planets

Get a peek at the Giant Magellan Telescope

Feb. 18, 2011

The University of Texas at Austin is part of a group of institutions working together to build the Giant Magellan Telescope. See the telescope in action in this animation.

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"Out of Whack" Planetary System Offers Clues to a Disturbing Past

May 24, 2010

The discovery of a planetary system "out of whack," where the orbits of two planets are at a steep angle to each other, was reported today (May 24) by a team of astronomers led by Barbara McArthur of The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory.

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McDonald Observatory Scientist Details 'Planets Gone Wild'; Reporters May Participate Remotely in Live Webcast from Miami

May 20, 2010

Event: McDonald Observatory's Barbara McArthur gives a press briefing live from the 216th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Miami on her surprising findings about a nearby solar system obtained with Hubble Space Telescope, The University of Texas at Austin's giant Hobby-Eberly Telescope in West Texas, and other ground-based telescopes. The university will issue a detailed press release and graphics, including animation, simultaneous with the start of the press conference.

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University of Texas at Austin Astronomer Is Co-Investigator in Search for Earth-Like Planets

March 5, 2009

University of Texas at Austin astronomer Bill Cochran is one of the leading scientists involved in searching 100,000 nearby stars in our Milky Way galaxy for planets like Earth as part of NASA's Kepler mission launching tomorrow (March 6).

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