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Casting GMT's Fifth Mirror

UT Austin and its partners in the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization are beginning to cast the fifth of seven enormous mirrors for GMT.

Detecting Comets Outside our Solar System

Astronomers from UT Austin and elsewhere have spotted the dusty tails of six exocomets — comets outside our solar system — orbiting a faint star 800 light years from Earth. 

New Telescope Coming Soon to McDonald

The Las Cumbres Observatory global network will build a second 1-meter telescope on Mount Fowlkes in the next two years.

How Did the First Supermassive Black Holes Form?

An international team of researchers including Texas' Shingo Hirano has used a supercomputer simulation to recreate the formation of a massive black hole from supersonic gas streams left over from the Big Bang.

Heart of an Exploded Star Observed in 3-D

Astronomers including UT's J. Craig Wheeler have used ALMA to probe the heart of supernova 1987A to see fine details, producing a 3-D rendering of newly formed molecules inside the supernova remnant.