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McDonald Observatory astronomers working with NASA’s Kepler mission have helped to discover the first near-Earth-sized planet around a Sun-like star in the “habitable zone,” the range of distances where liquid water could pool on a planet’s surface.
The Giant Magellan Telescope's 11 international partners, including UT Austin, have unanimously approved its construction, securing the future of the project with more than $500 million to begin work on the world’s most powerful optical telescope. GMT is expected to see first light in 2021.
The third-largest galaxy in our neighborhood, M33, is in Triangulum, which is in the east in mid evening. The galaxy is visible through binoculars as a hazy smudge of light not far from the triangle of stars that gives the constellation its name.