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.
Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics helped develop a blueprint for a possible future NASA lander mission to Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter that has a global ocean covered by an ice shell. Europa’s large reservoir of liquid water has long enchanted planetary scientists with the possibility of harboring… » Continue Reading
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
The University of Texas at Austin’s Satellite Design Lab has won first place in the national University Nanosatellite Program competition for designing and building a small satellite called ARMADILLO. Led by Professor Glenn Lightsey in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, the Satellite Design Lab is the first research group to win the… » Continue Reading
The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory has selected The University of Texas at Austin for its Strategic University Research Partnership program — a federally funded program focused on advancing space exploration. The partnership will enable the university and JPL researchers to propose collaborative research and educational projects in strategic focus areas such as robotics, nanosatellites and high-precision mapping.
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.
NASA has announced the discovery of the first planet located in the "habitable zone" around a star — the "just-right" orbit that's not too hot or too cold for water to exist in liquid form, making life as we know it possible. Astronomers from The University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory involved in this… » Continue Reading
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. The water could represent a potential habitat for life. The authors speculate many more such lakes might exist throughout the shallow regions of Europa's shell.
University of Texas-led Team Discovers Unusual Multi-Planet Solar System With NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft
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… » Continue Reading
Scientists have used ice-penetrating radar to create the first high-resolution topographic map of one of the last uncharted regions of Earth, the Aurora Subglacial Basin, an immense ice-buried lowland in East Antarctica. The map will help improve computer simulations of the past and future Antarctic ice sheet and its potential impact on global sea level.