Topic: Michael Endl

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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Texas Astronomer Makes First Ground-Based Detection of Extra-Solar Planet Atmosphere, Using Hobby-Eberly Telescope

Dec. 5, 2007

University of Texas at Austin astronomer and Hubble Fellow Seth Redfield has used the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) at McDonald Observatory to make the first ground-based detection of the atmosphere of a planet outside our solar system.

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Texas Astronomers Discover Multi-Planet System Around Unexpected Star; May Alter Theories of Planet Formation

May 23, 2007

University of Texas at Austin astronomers William Cochran and Michael Endl, working with graduate students Robert Wittenmyer and Jacob Bean, have used the 9.2-meter Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) at McDonald Observatory to discover a system of two Jupiter-like planets orbiting a star whose composition might seem to rule out planet formation. This NASA-funded study has implications for theories of planet formation.

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