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NASA enlists UF faculty to develop small satellite technology

Published: August 28 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mechanical and aerospace engineering and astronomy faculty members at the University of Florida have been selected to work with NASA’s Langley Research Center on navigation and guiding systems for small satellites.

UF study: Some Earth bacteria survive and grow at extremely low pressure; may aid Mars research

Published: January 7 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida researchers have discovered for the first time that some Earth bacteria can live under the same low pressure conditions found on Mars.

Presidential search, London band trip among top 2012 stories

Published: January 1 2013

This year has been another busy one for news at UF, but some stories were more popular than others. Here’s our list of the Top 10 based on unique pageviews.

University of Florida astronomer reports rare case of gravitational lensing

Published: June 26 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — You could say that the odds of seeing it were astronomical.

Metal-poor stars are rich with small planets, study finds

Published: June 21 2012

INESVILLE, Fla. — 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.

Astronomers discover pair of planets surprisingly close to each other

Published: June 21 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — NASA’s Kepler mission, along with astronomers from Harvard, University of Washington and University of Florida, has discovered a rocky planet orbiting very close to a much larger planet around the same star, about 1,200 light years from Earth, according to research being published online today in Science Express.

UF astronomer: Some giant planets in other systems most likely to be alone

Published: May 7 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — “Hot Jupiter-type” planets are most likely to be alone in their systems, according to research by a University of Florida astronomer and others, made public today.

UF-led team uses new observatory to characterize low-mass planets orbiting nearby star

Published: April 12 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida astronomers have found compelling evidence for two low-mass planets orbiting the nearby star Fomalhaut, just 25 light years from Earth.

UF astronomers contribute to NASA's planet discoveries

Published: January 26 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — NASA announced today the discovery of 11 new "solar systems" hosting at least 26 planets found with data from NASA's Kepler Mission.

NASA's Kepler mission and UF astronomer find two new planets orbiting double suns

Published: January 11 2012

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — 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.

Florida and Spain launch joint agreement for small-satellite research

Published: October 13 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida has helped to forge a deal between the Kingdom of Spain and the state of Florida initiating the groundwork for collaborative research that could boost the state’s aerospace industry.

Discovery by UF-led team refutes previous theory about galaxies

Published: October 10 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The world’s largest optical telescope has allowed University of Florida astronomers to see new details about deep space galaxies, finding new clues to explain the evolution of galaxies like our own.

UF astronomers start testing infrared camera at world’s largest telescope

Published: July 14 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — 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.

UF astronomers start testing infrared camera at world's largest telescope

Published: July 14 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — 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.

UF astronomers, NASA team find six closely packed planets orbiting same star

Published: February 2 2011

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.

Grant to help astronomy department search skies for habitable planets

Published: October 27 2010

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.

UF astronomers win $8 million to build unique new instrument

Published: October 7 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A multinational team led by University of Florida astronomers has won an $8 million grant to build a major new astronomical instrument for the largest optical telescope in the world in Spain’s Canary Islands.

With new technique, UF astronomers find potassium in giant planet's atmosphere

Published: August 31 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Any driver who's seen deer silhouetted by the headlights of an oncoming car knows that vital information can be conveyed by the outlines of objects.

With new technique, UF astronomers find potassium in giant planet’s atmosphere

Published: August 31 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Any driver who’s seen deer silhouetted by the headlights of an oncoming car knows that vital information can be conveyed by the outlines of objects.

Astronomers find two large planets, plus possible super-Earth-size one

Published: August 26 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A team of three University of Florida astronomers contributed to the Kepler spacecraft’s discovery of two Saturn-sized planets, plus a possible third planet with a radius just one-and-a-half times that of Earth, orbiting a distant star.