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Radio Doc Features Research and Outreach at McDonald Observatory

Radio Doc Features Research and Outreach at McDonald Observatory

A radio documentary about The University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory has garnered KRTS, or Marfa Public Radio, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for documentary news.

The story, part of KTRS' "West Texas Talk" segment, covers a broad range of issues relating to McDonald observatory, including light pollution and the search for dark matter. The award is meant to recognize outstanding achievements in electronic journalism, according to the Radio Television and Digital News Association, and is given for "overall excellence", as well as for individual stories in various categories. 

The award-winning four-part documentary also includes an interview with the superintendent of the McDonald Observatory, Craig Nance, who speaks about his plan to help the observatory become equipped with dark matter observation equipment and to become sustainable. In addition, the story documents a journey to the public Star Parties, events that the McDonald Observatory holds weekly. 

To hear the full piece and learn more about the McDonald Observatory's role in the search for dark matter and much more, click below: 

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