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.
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.
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.
Vega, one of the night sky’s brightest stars, is disappearing from evening view this month. Tonight, it sets around 9:30 or 10 p.m., but by month’s end it will set by about 8:30. Look for it in early evening, low in the northwest.