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Media Advisory: Media Invited to Preview Next Great Space Telescope

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

Texas Astronomers Measure Most Massive, Most Unusual Black Hole Using Hobby-Eberly Telescope

Texas Astronomers Measure Most Massive, Most Unusual Black Hole Using Hobby-Eberly Telescope

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.

Pair of Black Holes ‘Weigh In’ at 10 Billion Suns, the Most Massive Yet

Pair of Black Holes ‘Weigh In’ at 10 Billion Suns, the Most Massive Yet

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…   » Continue Reading