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Grant to help astronomy department search skies for habitable planets

Published: Oct 27th, 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: Oct 7th, 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

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

Published: Aug 31st, 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: Aug 26th, 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.

UF astronomers pioneer new planet-observing technique

Published: Jun 24th, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Using the world’s largest optical telescope, a team of University of Florida astronomers has pioneered a new method of observing planets outside our solar system. The method suggests that large Earth-based telescopes could play a leading role in rapidly accelerating research on “extrasolar” planets.