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The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) is bestowing its 2013 Klumpke-Roberts Award for outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy to Dr. Mary Kay Hemenway of The University of Texas at Austin.
The best viewing for this year's Leonid meteor shower will be several hours before dawn on November 17, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.
Astronomers working with NASA’s Kepler mission have found the first evidence of multiple planets orbiting a binary star system.
University of Texas astronomers use Lonestar supercomputer to explore role of dark matter in galaxy formation
The planets Mercury and Venus will put on a good show for skywatchers throughout April, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.
FORT DAVIS, Texas, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a cosmic match of Epoxy and Urethane protection for the McDonald Observatory and Comex Industrial Coatings (CIC).
A team of astronomers from Penn State and Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland has discovered a new planet that is closely orbiting a red-giant star, HD 102272, which is much older than our own Sun.
Peruvian astronomers Jorge Melendez of The Australian National University and Ivan Ramirez of The University of Texas at Austin have discovered the best â€œsolar twinâ€ to date, using the 2.7-meter Harlan J. Smith Telescope at McDonald Observatory. Their findings suggest that the Sunâ€™s chemical composition is not unique, as some previously thought.
University of Texas at Austin astronomers have used the 9.2-meter Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) at McDonald Observatory to discover a system of two Jupiter-like planets orbiting a star whose composition might seem to rule out planet formation.
After 31 years of tracking the light- output of a burnt-out star from telescopes at McDonald Observatory, astronomer S.O. Kepler of Brazil's Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and a slew of University of Texas colleagues have found the most stable optical clock in the heavens.
- Emitting flashes of light; glittering.