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.
Some of the brightest stars of winter are dropping from the evening sky. Low in the west at nightfall, look for bright white Procyon in Canis Minor, the little dog. The “twins” of Gemini, Pollux and Castor, are well to the upper right of Procyon.