University of Texas at Austin astronomer Steven Finkelstein has led a team that has discovered and measured the distance to the most distant galaxy ever found. The result is published in the Oct. 24 issue of the journal Nature.
AUSTIN, Texas — A yearlong celebration is underway to celebrate the 75th anniversary of The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory.
Northrop Grumman, a leading global security company and NASA’s partner building the James Webb Space Telescope, will become official sponsor of the nationally syndicated “StarDate” radio program starting Sept. 1. “StarDate” is produced by The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory.
Event: Interview opportunities with astronomers from The University of Texas and NASA alongside a full-scale model of NASA’s next great space telescope When: March 6-8, by appointment Where: Outside the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Drive, Austin Background: University of Texas at Austin astronomers Karl Gebhardt, Sarah Tuttle and Steven Finkelstein are… » Continue Reading
Astronomers have used the Hobby-Eberly Telescope at The University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory to measure the mass of what may be the most massive black hole yet — 17 billion times our sun’s mass — in galaxy NGC 1277. The unusual black hole makes up 14 percent of its galaxy's mass, rather than the usual 0.1 percent.
As it does each year, early fall brings crisper air, turning leaves and the Orionid meteor shower. This year’s best viewing will be in the several hours around midnight Oct. 20 and before dawn on Oct. 21.
NASA's Kepler mission has found the first multi-planet solar system orbiting a binary star, characterized in large part by University of Texas at Austin astronomers using two telescopes at the university's McDonald Observatory in West Texas. The finding, which proves that whole planetary systems can form in a disk around a binary star, is published in today's issue of the journal Science.
A team of astronomers led by researchers from The University of Texas at Austin has confirmed the emission of gravitational waves from the second-strongest known source in our galaxy by studying the shrinking orbital period of a unique pair of burnt-out stars. Their observations tested Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity in a new regime.
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… » Continue Reading
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. Video coverage is provided courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Chile. When: Friday, March 23, 11 a.m. CDT. Any change… » Continue Reading