Monday, April 09, 2018
Arecibo Observatory Transitions to UCF-Led Management Team

The University of Central Florida has officially taken over operations at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, the largest fully operational radio telescope on the planet. Built in the 1960s, the observatory continues to make significant contributions to understanding the universe. Scientists from around the world have used it to do everything from monitoring binary pulsars to verifying the existence of gravitational waves. ..

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
FIT: Global Telescope Network Expands to Europe

Faculty and students will increase their ability to make astronomical observations via a telescope in the Canary Islands. Starting in January 2015, students may access the remotely operated 1.0-m Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope (JKT) on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma, off the coast of Morocco. ..

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
UCF Discovers Exoplanet Neighbor -- University's First Planet

The University of Central Florida has detected what could be its first planet, only two-thirds the size of Earth and located right around the corner, cosmically speaking, at a mere 33-light years away. ..

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Thursday, June 21, 2012
Metal-poor stars are rich with small planets, UF study finds

Planets as big as Earth but smaller than Neptune are likely even more common in our galaxy than previously believed, according to a statistical analysis of recent results from NASA’s Kepler mission. The results help bolster the case for future missions aiming to discover and characterize Earth-like planets. ..

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Thursday, January 26, 2012
UF astronomers contribute to NASA’s planet discoveries

NASA announced today the discovery of 11 new “solar systems” hosting at least 26 planets found with data from NASA’s Kepler Mission. ..

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
NASA‘s Kepler mission and UF astronomer find two new planets orbiting double suns

Using data from NASA’s Kepler mission, a team that includes a University of Florida astronomer has discovered two new planets orbiting double star systems, something that had never been seen until last September. ..

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Thursday, July 14, 2011
UF astronomers start testing infrared camera at world’s largest telescope

University of Florida astronomers are testing a new infrared camera this summer at the world’s largest telescope that will allow researchers to look for planets outside our own solar system and better explore hidden black holes at the centers of galaxies. ..

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011
UF astronomers, NASA team find six closely packed planets orbiting same star

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A NASA team including three University of Florida astronomers has found six new planets in a distant solar system that in some ways resembles our own.  ..

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Thursday, December 30, 2010
USF Engineer at South Pole for 'One Cool Project'

TAMPA, Fla. – Nine months out of the year, Graham Tilbury’s workplace is at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science’s balmy, waterfront complex on Tampa Bay. But for the other three months, the engineer for the Center for Ocean Technology plunges himself into the icy, forbidding world of the South Pole as a volunteer in a monumental effort to build one of the world’s most advanced scientific instruments.    ..

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Grant to help astronomy department search skies for habitable planets

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — At a time when astronomers are searching for Earth-like planets, the University of Florida has received a grant for $500,000 to lead the pack.  ..

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