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.
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.
The twins of Gemini are dropping feet-first toward the western horizon as night falls. One of those feet is marked by a small, faint smudge of light: the star cluster M35. It is about 2,500 light-years away and contains about 150 stars.