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Stars Observed Turning into Crystals for the First Time

The first direct evidence of crystallized white dwarf stars has been discovered by an international team of researchers including UT Austin's Bart Dunlap. Predicted half a century ago,  evidence of these stars will be published tomorrow in the journal Nature.

StarDate Radio Celebrates 40 Years

The longest running nationally aired science program is marking a major milestone. “StarDate”  radio, produced by The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory, celebrates 40 years on the nation’s airwaves.

Dark Matter Dominates Across Cosmic Time

University of Texas at Austin astronomers have stumbled on an extraordinary galaxy that may corroborate a recently contested theory about dark matter.

New Geodetic Observatory Coming to McDonald

A new scientific facility is under construction here. The McDonald Geodetic Observatory will help scientists better understand Earth and could help minimize the effects of geohazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, sea level changes and landslides

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Magnetic Waves Create Chaos in Star-Forming Clouds

New research by Stella Offner finds that magnetic waves are an important factor driving the process of star formation within the enormous clouds that birth stars.