Topic: Astronomy

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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MEDIA ADVISORY: Astronomer to Announce Major Discovery

Dec. 11, 2017

Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and Google will participate in a NASA media teleconference to announce their discovery involving the planet-hunting Kepler space telescope.

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Texas Astronomers Lead Early Webb Telescope Studies

Nov. 27, 2017
JWST over Austin

UT Austin professor Steven Finkelstein leads one of the first projects using NASA's successor to the Hubble Space Telescope to discover the most distant galaxies ever seen. 

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