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From the College of Natural Sciences

Exploring Dark Energy

On a rare cloudy October night in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, University of Texas at Austin astronomers wrangled with what they believe to be the largest mystery of the universe: dark energy.

McDonald Observatory receives $5 million to study dark energy

AUSTIN, Texas — Light might soon be shed on one of the great enigmas of the universe — dark energy — thanks to a $5 million challenge grant from Dallas’ Harold C. Simmons to The University of Texas at Austin. Simmons’ grant will help fund the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX) at UT’s McDonald Observatory by matching the next $5...