Our Mission

McDonald Observatory and the
Center for Advanced Studies in Astronomy

McDonald Observatory

The mission of McDonald Observatory is to advance humanity's understanding of the universe through research in astronomy, to facilitate graduate and undergraduate education in astronomy at The University of Texas at Austin, to contribute to the public understanding of science in Texas and the nation, and to use astronomy as a tool to help Texas teachers meet state standards and excite Texas schoolchildren about careers in a scientific and technical field.

Center for Advanced Studies in Astronomy

The mission of the Center for Advanced Studies in Astronomy is