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Dark Matter Dominates Across Cosmic Time

University of Texas at Austin astronomers have stumbled on an extraordinary galaxy that may corroborate a recently contested theory about dark matter.

StarDate Radio Celebrates 40 Years

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.

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Magnetic Waves Create Chaos in Star-Forming Clouds

New research by Stella Offner finds that magnetic waves are an important factor driving the process of star formation within the enormous clouds that birth stars. 

New Geodetic Observatory Coming to McDonald

A new scientific facility is under construction here. The McDonald Geodetic Observatory will help scientists better understand Earth and could help minimize the effects of geohazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, sea level changes and landslides

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Galactic 'Wind' Stifling Star Formation is Most Distant Yet Seen

For the first time, a powerful “wind” of molecules has been detected in a galaxy located 12 billion light-years away. Justin Spilker’s research sheds light on how the earliest galaxies regulated the birth of stars to keep from blowing themselves apart.