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A Vision of Excellence in Astronomy, prepared by the Strategic Planning Committee with input from the entire Astronomy Program.
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News from UT Astronomy: Finkelstein, colleagues measure most distant galaxy
October 30, 2013
In case you missed it, The University of Texas at Austin Astronomy faculty member Steven Finkelstein was the lead author on a paper, announced on October 23, 2013, that made worldwide news. He led a team that has discovered and measured the distance to a galaxy designated z8_GND_5296, which, at redshift 7.51, is the most distant galaxy ever found. The galaxy is seen as it was at a time just 700 million years after the Big Bang.
August 12, 2013: HETDEX Installation Begins
August 14, 2013
Frank Cianciolo, McDonald Observatory
After nearly a decade of planning, detailed engineering, construction, and testing, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX) entered its installation phase on August 12, 2013.
Calendar of Events
75th-anniversary speaker series
Dr. Don Winget
Houston Museum of Natural Science
January 14, 2014 more >>
Board of Visitors Winter meeting 2014
February 21-22, 2014 more >>
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