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March 7 Livestream: Decoding Starbirth with Artificial Intelligence

Join us on Thursday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. CT for some live views from the McDonald Observatory as we talk with Dr. Stella Offner about her research and how she is using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to learn more about star formation.

Giant Magellan Telescope Expands Global Science Impact with Taiwanese Partner

The University of Texas at Austin joins the Giant Magellan Telescope today in welcoming Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA), a distinguished Taiwanese research institute, into the Giant Magellan Telescope’s international consortium. ASIAA's inclusion expands the consortium to 14 international research institutions, of which UT Austin is a founding partner.

April 8: Total Solar Eclipse to Cross Texas

On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will travel across North America, with the Moon surrounded by the Sun’s delicate corona. Texas will be a great spot to experience it – the state is in the "path of totality" and typically enjoys clear, cloud-free weather. McDonald Observatory is not in the path of totality. However, we will be able to see a partial solar eclipse.

Discovery of Unexpected Ultra-Massive Galaxies May Not Rewrite Cosmology, But Still Leaves Questions

Ever since the James Webb Space Telescope captured its first glimpse of the early Universe, astronomers have been taken aback by the presence of what appear to be more “ultra-massive” galaxies than expected. Based on the most widely accepted cosmological model, they shouldn’t have been able to evolve until much later in the history of the Universe, spurring claims that the model needs to be changed.

LightSound Workshops Make April’s Eclipse More Accessible to Visually Impaired

Through a series of workshops held January 28 and 29 by the LightSound Project and with the support of the UT Austin Department of Astronomy, the University community built 140 LightSound devices. By converting light into sound, these handheld devices make solar eclipses more accessible to the blind and low vision community. The devices built during this and other LightSound workshops held nationwide will be donated to viewing events ahead of the April 8 total solar eclipse.