Topic: Astronomy

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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Scientists Find Evidence for "Great Lake" on Europa and Potential New Habitat for Life

Nov. 16, 2011

In a significant finding in the search for life beyond Earth, scientists from The University of Texas at Austin and elsewhere have discovered what appears to be a body of liquid water the volume of the North American Great Lakes locked inside the icy shell of Jupiter's moon Europa.

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