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Astronomers discover two new planets, both among the hottest ever

Published: Sep 26th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Astronomers have discovered two new planets outside our solar system, both extremely close to their stars and thus among the hottest ever found.

Astronomers: Dark, normal matter forced apart in massive collision

Published: Aug 21st, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dark matter and normal matter have been wrenched apart by the tremendous collision of two large clusters of galaxies, providing the strongest support yet for the existence of dark matter — the mysterious stuff said to comprise most of the universe yet only so far inferred based on its gravitational effect.

Astronomers to meet in Miami to plan for world’s largest telescope

Astronomers to meet in Miami to plan for world’s largest telescope

Published: Jun 22nd, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Astronomers from Spain, Mexico and the United States will gather in Miami next week to plan for the first observations of the world’s largest telescope – a $160 million behemoth under development for the past six years on Spain’s Canary Islands.

Astronomers find hundreds of young, distant galaxy clusters

Published: Jun 5th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Astronomers have found the largest number of the most distant, youngest galaxy clusters yet, a feat that will help them observe the developing universe when it was less than half its current age and still in its formative stages.

Hunt for planets outside solar system uncovers a small one

Published: Jan 25th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Perhaps edging closer to finding planets that harbor life, astronomers have discovered the smallest planet yet identified outside our solar system.

Planet finders use much faster instrument to discover distant planet

Planet finders use much faster instrument to discover distant planet

Published: Jan 11th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Astronomers have discovered a planet orbiting a very young star nearly 100 light years away using a relatively small, publicly accessible telescope turbocharged with a new planet-finding instrument.