A team of researchers led by astronomer Ivan Ramirez of The University of Texas at Austin has identified the first “sibling” of the sun — a star almost certainly born from the same cloud of gas and dust as our star.
AUSTIN, Texas — Astronomer Taft Armandroff has been appointed the new director of the College of Natural Sciences McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, Texas.
In a finding of relevance to the search for life in our solar system, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research have shown that the subsurface ocean on Jupiter’s moon Europa may have deep currents and circulation… » Continue Reading
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.
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
Event: The Austin Forum on Science, Technology & Society will host a SXSW Interactive preview: “Space Exploration with Richard Garriott.” When: 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5. This event is free and open to the public. Where: AT&T Conference Center Amphitheater (Rm. 204), 1900 University Ave. Website: http://www.austinforum.org Background: Scheduled for March 8-12, the South… » 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.