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Texas Astronomers “Weigh” Heaviest Known Black Hole in our Cosmic Neighborhood

Texas Astronomers “Weigh” Heaviest Known Black Hole in our Cosmic Neighborhood

Astronomers led by Karl Gebhardt of The University of Texas at Austin have measured the most massive known black hole in our cosmic neighborhood by combining data from a giant telescope in Hawai'i and a smaller telescope in Texas.

Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Tuesday, Dec. 14

Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Tuesday, Dec. 14

The Geminid meteor shower will be at its best a few hours before dawn on Dec. 14, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.

Project to Study ‘Dark Energy’ Receives $8 Million from National Science Foundation

Project to Study ‘Dark Energy’ Receives $8 Million from National Science Foundation

A project to discover the nature of dark energy, a mysterious force causing the expansion of the universe to speed up, has received an $8 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Comet Hartley 2 Visible in Morning Sky This Week

Comet Hartley 2 Visible in Morning Sky This Week

The small comet Hartley 2 makes its closest approach to Earth today, and should be visible to the unaided eye for several days under dark skies in the hours before dawn, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.

McDonald Observatory Dedicates Wheelchair-Accessible Telescope for Visitors

The Wren-Marcario Accessible Telescope (WMAT), designed to be wheelchair accessible for mobility-impaired visitors to The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory, will be dedicated tomorrow at the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center.

“Out of Whack” Planetary System Offers Clues to a Disturbing Past

“Out of Whack” Planetary System Offers Clues to a Disturbing Past

The discovery of a planetary system “out of whack,” where the orbits of two planets are at a steep angle to each other, was reported today (May 24) by a team of astronomers led by Barbara McArthur of The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory. This surprising finding will affect theories of how multi-planet systems evolve and shows that some violent events can happen to disrupt planets’ orbits after a planetary system forms, say researchers.

Moon Passes Mars, Regulus and Saturn May 19-22; High-Resolution Images, HD Animation Available from StarDate Media

Moon Passes Mars, Regulus and Saturn May 19-22; High-Resolution Images, HD Animation Available from StarDate Media

The bright star Regulus joins the Moon and the planet Mars to form a beautiful lineup high in the southern sky at nightfall May 19-22, according to the editors of StarDate magazine. High-resolution images and high-definition video of these changing sky scenes are available online at StarDate’s Media Center.

Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Sunday, Dec. 13

Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Sunday, Dec. 13

The Geminid meteor shower will be at its best on the evening of Dec. 13, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Wednesday, Aug. 12; Images and HD Video Available from StarDate Media

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Wednesday, Aug. 12; Images and HD Video Available from StarDate Media

It’s time once again for nature to put on its late-summer fireworks show: the Perseid meteor shower. This year’s best viewing will be before dawn on Aug. 12, with a second chance after sunset that night, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.

Texas Cosmology Center Established at The University of Texas at Austin

Texas Cosmology Center Established at The University of Texas at Austin

A new interdisciplinary center for the study of the frontiers of the universe, from the tiniest subatomic particle to the largest chain of galaxies, has been formed at The University of Texas at Austin.