The Giant Magellan Telescope project has received a $17.5M grant from the National Science Foundation to accelerate the prototyping and testing of some of the most powerful optical and infrared technologies ever engineered. UT Austin is a founding partner of the GMT.
A team of astronomers led by our Andrew Vanderburg has used the TESS and Spitzer space telescopes to discover what may be the first intact planet found closely orbiting a white dwarf, the dense leftover of a sun-like star. The work included follow-up observations with our Hobby-Eberly Telescope.
McDonald Observatory will reopen to the public, in a limited fashion, on Friday, Aug. 28. Beginning with a star party that night, the observatory’s Frank N. Bash Visitors Center will begin holding public programs again.
Stella Offner and colleagues have proposed a new method for the formation of aluminum-26 in star systems that are forming planets. Its radioactive decay is thought to provide a heat source for the building blocks of planets, called planetesimals.
Look for Mars in the southeast in early evening, shining like a bright orange star. The planet will stand to the upper right of the Moon as they climb into view, and below the Moon as they set, before dawn tomorrow.