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Upgraded HET Dedicated; Cutting-Edge Science on the Way

The 10-meter Hobby-Eberly Telescope has completed a multiyear $40 Million upgrade to enable it to take on the biggest challenges in astronomy today: unraveling the mystery of dark energy, probing distant galaxies and black holes, discovering and characterizing planets around other stars and much more.

Probing How the Early Universe Lit Up with Hubble Space Telescope

UT Austin astronomers have developed a new technique to discover the faintest galaxies yet seen in the early universe. These galaxies will help probe an important period in cosmic history, a billion years after the Big Bang, when the early, dark universe was flooded with light.

Robert Shelton is New President of GMTO

The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization is announcing the appointment of physicist Robert N. Shelton, PhD, to the position of President. The University of Texas at Austin is a founding partner of the group building the GMT, which is poised to be the world's largest telescope in the next decade.

Betelgeuse Spins Too Fast; May Have Swallowed Companion

Craig Wheeler and an international group of undergraduate students have found evidence that the red supergiant star Betelgeuse may have been born with a companion star, and later swallowed that star.

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Massey, Armandroff to Lead GMT Board

The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization has announced the appointment of Walter E. Massey and Taft Armandroff to the positions of Board Chair and Vice Chair, respectively. They will guide the GMTO Board, overseeing the construction of the 24.5-meter telescope in the Chilean Andes.