Topic: Telescope

UT, Partners Approve Giant Magellan Telescope Construction

June 3, 2015
Giant Magellan Telescope

The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), which is poised to become to the largest optical telescope in existence, announces major milestone with 11 international partners including UT Austin.  

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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 Astronomer Discovers Most Distant Known Galaxy

Oct. 23, 2013

[caption id="attachment_42858" align="alignright" width="384" caption="An artist's concept of the most distant galaxy ever found. This image and others are available for download in high resolution; click for access. Credit: V. Tilvi, S.L. Finkelstein, C. Papovich, and the Hubble Heritage Team"][/caption]

AUSTIN, Texas  University of Texas at Austin astronomer Steven Finkelstein has led a team that has discovered and measured the distance to the most distant galaxy ever found.

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Astronomers Test Einstein in a New Regime Using Pair of Burnt-Out Stars

Aug. 28, 2012

A team of astronomers led by researchers from The University of Texas at Austin has confirmed the emission of gravitational waves from the second-strongest known source in our galaxy by studying the shrinking orbital period of a unique pair of burnt-out stars. Their observations tested Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity in a new regime.

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Astronomers Probe 'Evaporating' Planet Around Nearby Star with Hobby-Eberly Telescope

May 31, 2012

Astronomers from The University of Texas at Austin and Wesleyan University have used the Hobby-Eberly Telescope at UT Austin's McDonald Observatory to confirm that a Jupiter-size planet in a nearby solar system is dissolving, albeit excruciatingly slowly, because of interactions with its parent star. Their findings could help astronomers better understand star-planet interactions in other star systems that might involve life.

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