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.
When it comes to the distant universe, even HST's vision can only go so far. A team of astronomers including UT's Rachael Livermore used clever thinking and a cosmic alignment from a gravitational lens to help HST see even farther.
UT Austin astronomer Trent Dupuy has shown what separates true stars from wannabes. Not in Hollywood, but in the whole universe. He presented his research in a news conference at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Austin.
Astronomers at UT Austin and Harvard have put a basic principle of black holes to the test, showing that matter completely vanishes when pulled in. Their results constitute another successful test for General Relativity.