This past summer the UT Astronomy Department launched TAURUS, a 9-week summer research experience for undergraduate students from other US universities wanting to gain experience doing research. Our department is highly recognized for its research in many different fields of astronomy and in order to ensure that TAURUS continues for Summer 2017, the Department is running a fundraising campaign through HornRaiser. Follow this link if you would like to donate and share the information with everyone you think would like to help. Visit the TAURUS blogto know more about this program.
Astronomers Discover Rocky Planet Orbiting Nearest Star, Proxima Centauri
An international team of astronomers including Michael Endl of The University of Texas at Austin have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun. The long-sought new world, called Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than Earth and is the closest known exoplanet to us — and may be the closest possible abode for life outside our solar system. The research will be published in the journal Nature on Aug 25.Read more
The grad student Brian Mulligan wil be joining us with a very cool talk about his research on Supernovae! We will also be making announcements about our plans for next semester.
When: Wednesday November 30th, 2016
Where: RLM 15.216B
Time: 5:30 PM
Look at some of our photos and the images that astronomy students can make!