Topic: Planets

McDonald Observatory Celebrates 75 Years of Discovery

Oct. 8, 2013

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AUSTIN, Texas A yearlong celebration is underway to celebrate the 75th anniversary of The University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory.

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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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University of Texas at Austin Astronomer Sally Dodson-Robinson Receives Prestigious Career Grant from National Science Foundation

Nov. 9, 2011

University of Texas at Austin Assistant Professor Sally Dodson-Robinson has received a Faculty Early Career Development award of $363,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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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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Four Planets Huddle Up Before Dawn Next Week

May 5, 2011

Four of the five planets visible to the unaided eye huddle quite close together in the pre-dawn sky next week, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.

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