Topic: Solar system

Model Suggests Ocean Currents Shape Europa's Icy Shell in Ways Critical for Potential Habitats

Dec. 3, 2013

In a finding of relevance to the search for life in our solar system, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin's Institute for Geophysics, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research have shown that the subsurface ocean on Jupiter's moon Europa may have deep currents and circulation patterns with heat and energy transfers capable of sustaining biological life.

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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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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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