David Booth, co-founder and executive chairman of Austin-based Dimensional Fund Advisors, has committed a $10 million gift to help fund the construction of the Giant Magellan Telescope. Once completed, it will be the world’s largest telescope and have the capability to provide unprecedented views of the universe.
The longest running nationally aired science program is marking a major milestone. “StarDate” radio, produced by The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory, celebrates 40 years on the nation’s airwaves.
The first direct evidence of crystallized white dwarf stars has been discovered by an international team of researchers including UT Austin's Bart Dunlap. Predicted half a century ago, evidence of these stars will be published tomorrow in the journal Nature.
The first astronauts landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969. And this year the Moon is at its greatest separation from Earth for the month on the 50th anniversary of that date, roughly 13,000 miles farther than the average distance of 239,000 miles.