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Found: The Very First Stars

Researchers use a new telescope to peer deeper into space than ever before.
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Video: The Giant Magellan Telescope

With its role in the construction of the Giant Magellan Telescope, the McDonald Observatory continues to push forward the frontiers of astronomical science.

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A Dying Star Is Reborn in a Lab


“Astronomy has now become an experimental science.”
NASA, Texas Astronomers Find First Multi-Planet System around a Binary Star

NASA, Texas Astronomers Find First Multi-Planet System around a Binary Star

The discovery of the Tatooine-like system proves that whole planetary systems can form in a disk around a binary star.

Astronomers Test Einstein in a New Regime Using Pair of Burnt-Out Stars

Astronomers Test Einstein in a New Regime Using Pair of Burnt-Out Stars

The white dwarf stars are so close together that they make a complete orbit in less than 13 minutes.

TIME: Z Machine Produces Six Times the World’s Energy to Create White Dwarf Star

Research delves into how stars are created.

NY Daily News: Astronomers Recreate Surface of White Dwarf Star

Research could one day lead to nuclear fusion as a ‘meaningful energy source.’
The Art and Science of Making White Dwarfs in the Desert

The Art and Science of Making White Dwarfs in the Desert

Astronomer Don Winget is making white dwarf "star stuff" here on Earth.

From Marfa to Mauritania

From Marfa to Mauritania

A brief history of the McDonald Observatory and the National Science Foundation.

Astronomers Probe ‘Evaporating’ Planet Around Nearby Star with Hobby-Eberly Telescope

Astronomers Probe ‘Evaporating’ Planet Around Nearby Star with Hobby-Eberly Telescope

A Jupiter-size planet in a nearby solar system is dissolving because of interactions with its parent star.

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