Topic: McDonald Observatory

Giant Magellan Telescope Breaks Ground in Chile

Nov. 11, 2015
GMT artist's concept

The McDonald Observatory, along with an international group of universities and research institutions, celebrate groundbreaking for telescope that will address key questions in cosmology, astrophysics and more. 

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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 Astronomers Help Find Earth’s Older, Bigger Cousin

July 23, 2015
Kepler-452b artist's concept

UT Austin astronomers working with NASA’s Kepler mission have helped to discover the first near-Earth-sized planet around a Sun-like star in the “habitable zone,” the range of distances where liquid water could pool on a planet’s surface.

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UT, Partners Approve Giant Magellan Telescope Construction

June 3, 2015
Giant Magellan Telescope

The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), which is poised to become to the largest optical telescope in existence, announces major milestone with 11 international partners including UT Austin.  

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Black Hole Chokes on a Swallowed Star

Jan. 27, 2015

A five-year analysis of an event captured by a tiny telescope at McDonald Observatory and followed up by telescopes on the ground and in space has led astronomers to believe they witnessed a giant black hole tear apart a star.

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