Topic: Hobby-Eberly Telescope

Upgraded Hobby-Eberly Telescope Sees First Light

Nov. 2, 2015

After several years and a massive team effort, one of the world’s largest telescopes, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) at UT Austin's McDonald Observatory, has opened its giant eye again, achieving “first light” as the world’s third-largest optical telescope.

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Texas Advanced Computing Center Hires Former Hubble Scientist as New Director of Data Intensive Computing

May 1, 2013

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin today announced that Niall Gaffney has joined the center in the newly created position of director of data intensive computing. Gaffney most recently served as the principal computer scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) for the Hubble Space Telescope data archive and the Hubble Legacy Archive Project. A University of Texas at Austin graduate, he begins his new role May 1.

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Astronomers Probe 'Evaporating' Planet Around Nearby Star with Hobby-Eberly Telescope

May 31, 2012

Astronomers from The University of Texas at Austin and Wesleyan University have used the Hobby-Eberly Telescope at UT Austin's McDonald Observatory to confirm that a Jupiter-size planet in a nearby solar system is dissolving, albeit excruciatingly slowly, because of interactions with its parent star. Their findings could help astronomers better understand star-planet interactions in other star systems that might involve life.

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Texas Astronomers "Weigh" Heaviest Known Black Hole in our Cosmic Neighborhood

Jan. 12, 2011

Astronomers led by Karl Gebhardt of The University of Texas at Austin have measured the most massive known black hole in our cosmic neighborhood by combining data from a giant telescope in Hawai'i and a smaller telescope in Texas.

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Project to Study 'Dark Energy' Receives $8 Million from National Science Foundation

Oct. 20, 2010

A project to discover the nature of dark energy, a mysterious force causing the expansion of the universe to speed up, has received an $8 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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