Board of Visitors
The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory and Department of Astronomy Board of Visitors is a
supporters' group for the Texas Astronomy Program. It includes business people, educators, attorneys, scientists, artists, architects, and
engineers, from throughout Texas and the United States. more..
News and information from the Board of Visitors Executive Committee.
Does your company match gifts to UT Austin?
Video, audio, and presentation slides from Previous Meetings.
The Executive Committee asks for your feedback.
McDonald Observatory online
Vision Plan [pdf]
A Vision of Excellence in Astronomy, prepared by the Strategic Planning Committee with input from the entire Astronomy Program.
For access to board pages please contact Joel Barna:
Rate! the February 2014 meeting
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.
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
April 26, 2014
McDonald Observatory: 75 Years of Stargazing Exhibit
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
May 1, 2014
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
Click here for dates of events extending into 2015