Topic: Harlan J. Smith Telescope

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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Texas Astronomers "Weigh" Heaviest Known Black Hole in our Cosmic Neighborhood

Jan. 12, 2011

Astronomers led by Karl Gebhardt of The University of Texas at Austin have measured the most massive known black hole in our cosmic neighborhood by combining data from a giant telescope in Hawai'i and a smaller telescope in Texas.

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Texas Astronomers Aid Kepler Mission's Discovery of New Planets

Jan. 4, 2010

Kepler mission astronomers, including co-investigator Bill Cochran of The University of Texas at Austin, announced today the spaceborne telescope has found five new gas giant planets orbiting close to Sun-like stars.

Kepler spacecraft with distant solar system
The Kepler spacecraft with distant solar system. Image: NASA
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Astronomers Discover Sun's Twin at McDonald Observatory

Nov. 9, 2007

Peruvian astronomers Jorge Melendez of The Australian National University and Ivan Ramirez of The University of Texas at Austin have discovered the best “solar twin” to date, using the 2.7-meter Harlan J. Smith Telescope at McDonald Observatory. Their findings suggest that the Sun’s chemical composition is not unique, as some previously thought.

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