NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is expected to launch in 2019. Steven Finkelstein leads one of the chosen Early Release Science projects as principal investigator, and several other UT astronomers play important roles in other Webb projects.
An international team of researchers including Texas' Shingo Hirano has used a supercomputer simulation to recreate the formation of a massive black hole from supersonic gas streams left over from the Big Bang.
The Moon and the planet Jupiter, which looks like a brilliant star, anchor a beautiful lineup in the southeastern sky at first light tomorrow. The much-fainter planet Mars stands to their upper right, with the star Spica farther along the same line.