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Free Telescope Workshop April 17

Did you receive a telescope as a gift or are you thinking of buying a telescope? Learn the basics from the experts at McDonald Observatory. During the workshop, we will cover: 1. Types of telescopes; 2. Types of mounts; 3. Finding objects in the sky; 4. Aperture vs. magnification; 5. Eyepieces and other accessories. Limited capacity.

NASA Awards Fellowships to Two UT Austin Postdocs

The highly competitive NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP) recently named 24 new fellows to its 2024 roster. Among the awardees are Jed McKinney, a postdoctoral fellow in The University of Texas at Austin, and Cheng-Han Hsieh, who will be joining UT Austin after completing his doctorate at Yale University this summer.

UT Astronomers Use JWST to Probe an Extreme Starburst Galaxy

A team of astronomers, including two from The University of Texas at Austin, has used NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to survey the starburst galaxy Messier 82 (M82). Located 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major, this galaxy is relatively compact in size but hosts a frenzy of star formation activity. For comparison, M82 is sprouting new stars 10 times faster than the Milky Way galaxy.

UT Astronomy Graduate Student Receives Fellowship to Study Exoplanets

The Heising-Simons Foundation has awarded Quang Tran, Ph.D. candidate in The University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Astronomy, one of its eight prestigious 51 Pegasi b Fellowships this year. Established in 2017, the fellowship provides postdoctoral scientists the opportunity to conduct theoretical, observational, and experimental research in planetary astronomy. 

Work with the Stars! McDonald Observatory is hiring.

Work with McDonald Observatory

McDonald Observatory is currently hiring for positions located at the Observatory near beautiful Fort Davis, Texas. Join our team!