News: McDonald Observatory

Read the latest news from the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin


Is Cosmology in Crisis?

A panel of physicists and astronomers grapple with possible cracks in our modern creation myth, the standard model of cosmology.

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NASA Awards Fellowships to Two UT Austin Postdocs

Jed McKinney and Cheng-Han Hsieh will pursue independent research in the formation of galaxies and solar systems.

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Astronomers Use James Webb Space Telescope to Probe an Extreme Starburst Galaxy

Messier 82, 12 million light-years away, is relatively compact but hosts a frenzy of star formation activity.

A galaxy with a ban of stars, bright spots and cosmic clouds appear from the blackness of space.

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UT Astronomy Graduate Student Receives Fellowship to Study Exoplanets

The Heising-Simons Foundation has awarded Quang Tran, Ph.D. candidate in UT astronomy, one of its eight prestigious 51 Pegasi b Fellowships.

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UT Researcher Leading Project for New NASA Space Telescope

UT’s new Cosmic Frontier Center and McDonald Observatory will play key roles in aiding research into chemically young galaxies.

This image shows the heart of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097, as seen by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

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April 8 Eclipse Update from McDonald Observatory

On Monday, April 8, parts of North America will experience a total solar eclipse and the UT observatory offers tips.

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A Once-in-Many-Centuries Event

In honor of the impending total solar eclipse on April 8th, we present this special eclipse podcast.

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Giant Magellan Telescope Expands Global Science Impact with Taiwanese Partner

GMT's consortium expands to 14 institutions with addition of Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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Discovery of Ultra-Massive Galaxies May Not Rewrite Cosmology, But Still Leaves Questions

Based on the most widely accepted cosmological model, they shouldn’t have been able to evolve until much later in the history of the Universe.

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LightSound Workshops Make April’s Eclipse More Accessible to Visually Impaired

As the moon eclipses the sun during a solar eclipse the sunlight begins to dim and the LightSound device outputs a change in musical tone.

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