Topic: Kepler

NASA, Texas Astronomers Find First Multi-Planet System Around a Binary Star

Aug. 29, 2012

NASA's Kepler mission has found the first multi-planet solar system orbiting a binary star, characterized in large part by University of Texas at Austin astronomers using two telescopes at the university's McDonald Observatory in West Texas. The finding, which proves that whole planetary systems can form in a disk around a binary star, is published in today's issue of the journal Science.

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NASA Mission, Texas Astronomers Collaborate to Find Goldilocks Planet, Others

Dec. 6, 2011

NASA has announced the discovery of the first planet located in the "habitable zone" around a star the "just-right" orbit that's not too hot or too cold for water to exist in liquid form, making life as we know it possible. Astronomers from The University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory involved in this and other Kepler research will present their findings at the first Kepler Science Conference this week at NASA's Ames Research Center.

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University of Texas-led Team Discovers Unusual Multi-Planet Solar System With NASA's Kepler Spacecraft

Oct. 4, 2011

A team of researchers led by Bill Cochran of The University of Texas at Austin has used NASA's Kepler space telescope to discover an unusual multiple-planet system containing a super-Earth and two Neptune-sized planets orbiting in resonance with each other. They will announce the find today in Nantes, France at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division of Planetary Science Conference. The research will be published in a special Kepler issue of The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series in November.

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Texas Astronomers Aid Kepler Mission's Discovery of New Planets

Jan. 4, 2010

Kepler mission astronomers, including co-investigatorĀ 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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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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