Texas Researchers Announce Gravitational Wave Event Likely Signaled Creation of a Black Hole

Gravitational Wave Event Likely Created a Black Hole

The spectacular merger of two neutron stars that generated gravitational waves announced last fall likely did something else: birthed a black hole, according to a team of researchers including Pawan Kumar and J. Craig Wheeler of The University of Texas at Austin. This newly spawned black hole would be the lowest mass black hole ever found.

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Creating Star Stuff on Earth is the Aim of New $7 Million Project

Creating Star Stuff on Earth

Astrophysicists will conduct experiments designed to re-create the physical environment inside stars, with a new $7 million grant that the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has awarded to The University of Texas at Austin. This work could help astronomers reduce uncertainties about the sizes and ages of super-dense objects known as white dwarf stars.

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McDonald Observatory to Train National Park Service in Skywatching Programs for Visitors

Observatory Trains National Park Service in Skywatching Programs

The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory has entered into a  partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) to train park rangers in bringing the wonders of the night sky to their visitors. The observatory also will create outreach programs for the park service.

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Texas’ Caitlin Casey Receives 2018 Pierce Prize from American Astronomical Society

Caitlin Casey Receives AAS Pierce Prize

Washington, D.C. — Dr. Caitlin Casey of The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded the Newton Lacy Pierce Prize by the American Astronomical Society today at its semi-annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The organization awards the prize each year for “outstanding early-career achievement in observational astronomical research based on measurements of radiation from an astronomical object.”

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Discovery of New Planet Reveals Distant Solar System to Rival Our Own

Planet Discovery Reveals Distant Solar System to Rival Our Own

The discovery of an eighth planet circling the distant star Kepler-90 by University of Texas at Austin astronomer Andrew Vanderburg and Google’s Christopher Shallue overturns our solar system’s status as having the highest number of known planets. We're now in a tie.

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GMT Mount Stage 1 Contracts Awarded

GMT Mount Stage 1 Contracts Awarded

The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) and its founding partners, including The University of Texas at Austin, are pleased to announce that two contracts have been awarded this week to advance the design of the Giant Magellan Telescope mount. This will lead to a final selection next year of the contractor to fabricate and deliver the structure.

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Massive Primordial Galaxies Found Swimming in Vast Ocean of Dark Matter

Primordial Galaxies Swim in Ocean of Dark Matter

Astronomers expect that the first galaxies, those that formed just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, would share many similarities with some of the dwarf galaxies we see in the nearby universe today. These early agglomerations of a few billion stars would then become the building blocks of the larger galaxies that came to dominate the universe after the first few billion years.

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A New Spin to Solving Mystery of Stellar Companions

Solving the Mystery of Stellar Companions

Taking a picture of an exoplanet — a planet in a solar system beyond our Sun — is no easy task. The light of a planet's parent star far outshines the light from the planet itself, making the planet difficult to see. While taking a picture of a small rocky planet like Earth is still not feasible, researchers have made strides by snapping images of about 20 giant planet-like bodies.

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Arizona State University Joins the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization

Arizona State Joins GMT Organization

Pasadena, Calif. — The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) today announced that Arizona State University (ASU) has joined the mission to build the world’s largest telescope, the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT). The University of Texas at Austin is a founding partner of GMTO, and welcomes our colleagues from Arizona State to the organization.

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