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Public Viewing Austin

RLM 16-in Telescope

Painter Hall 9-in Telescope


Skywatcher's Report

Astronomy on Tap ATX #7

The North Door
Tues., May 26, 7:30 PM

Prof. J. Craig Wheeler, Dr. Natalie Gosnell, and Prof. Steve Finkelstein will discuss supernovae, colliding stars, and galaxies far, far away.



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Full Colloquium Schedule

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Texas Teachers Crew SOFIA

17 years in the making, a team of Texas teachers conduct observations aboard NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). The College of Natural Sciences features the program:

Astronomy Outreach Program Takes Texas Teachers on Trip of a Lifetime

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Dr. William Cochran [Kiera Dieter/Reporting Texas]

Exoplanet Hunters Transform Assumptions about Life in the Universe

UT Journalism major Darby Kendall features the work of planet hunters Bill Cochran, Phillip MacQueen, and Mike Endl. The growing collection of confirmed exoplanets is changing scientific assumptions about life, and upcoming projects promise to further revolutionize our understanding.

A Leap Forward in the Search for Life on Other Planets

Reporting Texas and the Austin-American Statesman

10 May 2015

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McDonald Observatory's Andrew Mann Wins Prestigious Hubble Fellowship

McDonald Observatory Press Release

9 April 2015

Astronomers Discover Ancient Solar System with Five Earth-sized Planets

McDonald Observatory Press Release

27 January 2015

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Black Hole Chokes on a Swallowed Star

McDonald Observatory Press Release

26 January 2015

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McDonald Observatory

Under dark skies in West Texas, McDonald Observatory hosts a wide range of research telescopes and instrumentation for astronomers, including the 9.2 meter Hobby-Eberly Telescope. The observatory also welcomes the public, with exhibits and talks at the Frank N. Bash Visitor's Center, and regular star parties in the Rebecca Gale Telescope Park.

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Giant Magellan Telescope

The University of Texas at Austin is a partner in an international consortium of science institutions building the next generation, 24.5 meter, Giant Magellan Telescope at Las Campanas, Chile. Construction is underway at this premier viewing site. Preparation of the Spincasting oven for the fourth primary mirror continues into 2015 at Arizona's Steward Observatory Mirror Lab.

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Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment

In August 2013, an upgrade began for the 9.2 meter Hobby-Eberly Telescope. A widened field of view, and 150 integral field spectrographs will give HET the ability to map the expansion of the early universe. Scheduled to begin in 2015, the HETDEX survey will precisely measure more than 800,000 galaxies, to examine their distribution as the universe evolved.

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Texas Cosmology Center

The Texas Cosmology Center was established to facilitate interdisciplinary efforts in Cosmology between the departments of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin. As a public outreach effort, four videos have been produced featuring Texas cosmologists, on Black Holes, Cosmic Inflation, Dark Energy and Dark Matter.



StarDate is a public education and outreach arm of McDonald Observatory. StarDate radio, featuring science, astronomy, and observing tips, airs daily on nearly 300 stations. Bi-monthly StarDate magazine features sky tips, charts, and astronomy and space exploration news. StarDate also offers resources to teachers, the media, and the public.