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Texas Astronomers Find Super-luminous Supernova

Astronomers have found another extremely bright, rare supernova to add to the new class of exploding stars that were identified a few years ago.

Grahams Boost Dark Energy Studies

Gift from Bob and Annie Graham will help astronomers solve the mystery of dark energy.

Texas Astronomers "Weigh" Heaviest Known Black Hole in our Cosmic Neighborhood

Astronomers led by Karl Gebhardt have measured the most massive known black hole in our cosmic neighborhood by combining data from a giant telescope in Hawai'i and a smaller telescope at the McDonald Observatory.
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On the Birth of Magnetism in the Universe

On the Birth of Magnetism in the Universe

Physicist Swadesh Mahajan may have identified a mechanism that can explain the origin of magnetic fields in the universe. 

Quasar Girl

Quasar Girl

Astronomy student Krista Smith fulfills her dream to become an astronomer and studies quasars, the massive, incredibly distant, extraordinarily bright galaxies with active black holes at their center.

'Out of Whack' Planetary System Offers Clues to Disturbing Past

'Out of Whack' Planetary System Offers Clues to Disturbing Past

The discovery of a planetary system “out of whack,” where the orbits of two planets are at a steep angle to each other, was reported today (May 24) by a team of astronomers led by Barbara McArthur of the McDonald Observatory.

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Texas Astronomers Aid Kepler Mission's Discovery of New Planets

Texas Astronomers Aid Kepler Mission's Discovery of New Planets

Kepler mission astronomers, including co-investigator Bill Cochran of The University of Texas at Austin, announced today the spaceborne telescope has found five new gas giant planets orbiting close to Sun-like stars.

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Galactic Luminaries to Converge on University of Texas Tuesday

AUSTIN, Texas — More than 130 astronomers from nearly a dozen countries and more than 30 institutions will meet in Austin next week to brainstorm about the evolution of galaxies — those vast cities of billions of stars that are the “bricks” making up the cosmos — and the mysterious “dark matter” that is their largest component. The conference, cal...