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 big, beautiful star clusters M6 and M7 stand just above the stars that mark the scorpion’s stinger. M7 is the brighter of the two. Under dark skies, it looks like a small, fuzzy patch of light. Smaller M6 is to its upper right.