Topic: Space

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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Calm lakes on Titan

July 6, 2017
Titan map

The lakes of liquid methane on Saturn’s moon, Titan, are perfect for paddling but not for surfing. New research led by UT Austin has found that most waves on Titan’s lakes reach only about 1 centimeter high. 

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Do Stars Fall into Black Holes, or Crash?

May 30, 2017
Star falling into black hole

Astronomers at UT Austin and Harvard have tested a basic principle of black holes, showing that matter completely vanishes when pulled in. Their results constitute another successful test for General Relativity theory.

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