Topic: Astronomy

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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Preparation for World's Largest Telescope to be Streamed Online

March 22, 2012

Event:  The detonation of a mountain peak at The Carnegie Institution's Las Campanas Observatory in Chile to begin site preparation for the construction of the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will be live-streamed to the general public.

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Newly Cataloged Collection of Science Materials Now Open for Research

Feb. 28, 2012

A collection of science materials from the family of Sir John F. W. Herschel (17921871) is now open for research after a $10,000 grant enabled staffers to rehouse the collection and to create an online inventory.

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NASA Mission, Texas Astronomers Collaborate to Find Goldilocks Planet, Others

Dec. 6, 2011

NASA has announced the discovery of the first planet located in the "habitable zone" around a star the "just-right" orbit that's not too hot or too cold for water to exist in liquid form, making life as we know it possible. Astronomers from The University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory involved in this and other Kepler research will present their findings at the first Kepler Science Conference this week at NASA's Ames Research Center.

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Pair of Black Holes 'Weigh In' at 10 Billion Suns, the Most Massive Yet

Dec. 5, 2011

A team of astronomers including Karl Gebhardt and graduate student Jeremy Murphy of The University of Texas at Austin have discovered the most massive black holes to date two monsters weighing as much as 10 billion suns and threatening to consume anything, even light, within a region five times the size of our solar system.

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