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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
Join us at our first meeting of the Fall 2016 semester!
When: Wednesday August 31st, 2016
Where: RLM 15.216B
Time: 5:30 PM
Look at some of our photos and the images that astronomy students can make!
The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51 and M51B) in the constellation Canes Venatici. Taken at the 30" telescope at McDonald Observatory with filters VIR. This is a very interesting case of interacting galaxies: the smaller galaxy is pulling one of the spiral arms of its companion, this interaction heated the gas in the galaxy and triggered star formation. Credit: ASA