An team of astronomers including McDonald Observatory's Michael Endl have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun. Called 'Proxima b,' it's closest known exoplanet to us, and may be the closest possible abode for life outside our solar system.
McDonald Observatory leaders and supporters, along with representatives from an international group of partner universities and research institutions, are gathering on a remote mountaintop high in the Chilean Andes today to celebrate groundbreaking for the Giant Magellan Telescope.
A team led by Andrew Mann has confirmed the existence of a the youngest 'super-Neptune' yet — a planet about five times the size of Earth. The discovery lends unique insights into the origin of planetary system architectures.
After several years and a massive team effort, one of the world’s largest telescopes has opened its giant eye again. After a $25-million upgrade, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope now uses more of its primary mirror and has achieved 'first light' as the world’s third-largest optical telescope.
The next few evenings offer a great chance to see the Milky Way, the hazy band of light that outlines the disk of our home galaxy. It arcs high across the sky at nightfall, and there’s no Moon around to spoil the show.