Topic: Astronomy

Do Stars Fall into Black Holes, or Crash?

May 30, 2017
Star falling into black hole

Astronomers at UT Austin and Harvard have tested a basic principle of black holes, showing that matter completely vanishes when pulled in. Their results constitute another successful test for General Relativity theory.

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Hobby-Eberly Telescope Upgraded: Dark Energy Survey To Begin

April 10, 2017
The Hobby-Eberly Telescope

The Hobby-Eberly Telescope at McDonald Observatory has completed a multiyear $40 Million upgrade to enable it to take on the biggest challenges in astronomy today.

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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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