News: Astronomy

Read the latest news from the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin


Ghostlike Dusty Galaxy Reappears in James Webb Space Telescope Image

Astronomers with the COSMOS-Web collaboration have identified the object AzTECC71 as a dusty star-forming galaxy.

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Discovery of Planet Too Big for Its Sun Throws Off Models of Solar System Formation

Brendan Bowler, Bill Cochran and others discovered a planet that's much more massive compared to its host star than Earth is to our sun.

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The Giant Magellan Telescope’s Final Mirror Fabrication Begins

Together, the mirrors will collect more light than any other telescope in existence, allowing humanity to unlock the secrets of the Universe.

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Department of Energy Advances Research and Education at Wootton Center for Astrophysical Plasma Properties

Grant will help center led by Don Winget continue its research and train the next generation of scientists.

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McDonald Observatory Invites Ecological Research as a Texas Field Station

The observatory joins a network of six University of Texas sites dedicated to scientific research, environmental monitoring and conservation efforts.

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Astronomers Confirm Maisie’s Galaxy is Among Earliest Ever Observed

Detected with the James Webb Space Telescope, Maisie’s galaxy was observed 390 million years after the Big Bang.

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Chemical Cartography Reveals the Milky Way’s Spiral Arms

The method overcomes the challenges of dust that block the view of some of the Milky Way's stars.

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UT Austin Ranks among Top U.S. Universities in Nature Index

Among U.S. universities, UT ranks 17th in natural sciences, 8th in physical sciences and 7th in chemistry.

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Webb Telescope Detects Most Distant Active Supermassive Black Hole

At about 9 solar masses, this black hole is a real lightweight compared to previously seen ones in the early universe that are typically 1...

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Muñoz Named Among Science News’ SN 10 List of Scientists to Watch

The scientist developed a ruler with the power to size up the early university and shed light on the cosmic dawn.

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