Topic: Astronomy

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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Leonid Meteor Shower Peaks Thursday, Nov. 17

Nov. 16, 2011

The best viewing for this year's Leonid meteor shower will be several hours before dawn on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 17 and 18, according to the editors of StarDate magazine. However, the rising of the half-full moon coincides with the shower and will probably wash out all but the brightest meteors.

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University of Texas-led Team Discovers Unusual Multi-Planet Solar System With NASA's Kepler Spacecraft

Oct. 4, 2011

A team of researchers led by Bill Cochran of The University of Texas at Austin has used NASA's Kepler space telescope to discover an unusual multiple-planet system containing a super-Earth and two Neptune-sized planets orbiting in resonance with each other. They will announce the find today in Nantes, France at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division of Planetary Science Conference. The research will be published in a special Kepler issue of The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series in November.

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Moon Glides by Bright Star, Mars Next Week Before Dawn

July 22, 2011

The moon puts on a great show before dawn next week as it passes by a bright star and planet, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.

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Universo Radio Program to Cease Regular Production

July 6, 2011

The Spanish-language astronomy radio program Universo which has brought the heavens closer to millions of listeners for more than 15 years will cease regular production this month due to funding constraints.

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