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Rate! the February 2014 meeting

February 2014
Board of Visitors Meeting

February 21-22, 2014 ~ Austin, Texas

> BoV Member Registration

> UT Admin Registration

> Dept/Obs Staff Registration

> Special Guest Registration

Update: HETDEX Construction Progress

March 12, 2014

Coyne Gibson, McDonald Observatory

Construction of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX) is making significant progress on Mount Fowlkes at McDonald Observtory. more..


News from UT Astronomy: Finkelstein, colleagues measure most distant galaxy

October 30, 2013

Steven Finkelstein

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. more..


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. more..

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Calendar of Events

75th-anniversary event

Open House

McDonald Observatory

Fort Davis

April 26, 2014 more >>

75th-anniversary event

McDonald Observatory: 75 Years of Stargazing Exhibit

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum


May 1, 2014 more >>

75th-anniversary event

The Lab: A Night at the Perot Museum

The W. J. McDonald Observatory: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Dr. David Lambert

Perot Museum of Nature and Science


May 1, 2014 more >>

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