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.
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.
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.
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 planet Uranus stands quite close to the upper left of Mars tonight, which itself is to the upper left of Venus, the “evening star.” Through binoculars, Uranus looks like a faint star. Mars and Uranus will stand side by side tomorrow night.