Topic: Astronomy

StarDate Radio Program Celebrates 40 Years

Oct. 4, 2018
StarDate logo

“StarDate” radio, produced by The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory, celebrates 40 years on the nation’s airwaves. It is the longest running nationally aired science program.

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Galactic “Wind” Stifling Star Formation is Most Distant Seen

Sept. 6, 2018
galaxy wind

For the first time, a powerful “wind” of molecules has been detected in a galaxy 12 billion light-years away, showing how the earliest galaxies regulated the birth of stars to keep from blowing themselves apart.

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Collaborating to Protect Night Skies

July 9, 2018
The Hobby-Eberly Telescope

McDonald Observatory has collaborated with the Permian Basin Petroleum Association and the Texas Oil and Gas Association to reduce light shining into the sky from drilling rigs in West Texas.

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Two Postdocs Receive Fellowships to Study Extrasolar Planets

Jan. 31, 2018
Aaron Rizzuto and Ya-Lin Wu

Two postdoctoral fellows in the Department of Astronomy at The University of Texas at Austin have received the 51 Pegasi b Fellowship from the Heising-Simons Foundation.

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Using AI to Discover New Worlds

Dec. 14, 2017
Kepler 90 vs. the solar system

The discovery of an eighth planet circling the star Kepler-90 by UT Austin astronomer Andrew Vanderburg overturns our solar system’s status as having the highest number of known planets. We're now in a tie.

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