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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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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.

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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Astronomy Student Wins $20,000 Mitchell Student Grand Prize Award for Academic Excellence

Astronomy Student Wins $20,000 Mitchell Student Grand Prize Award for Academic Excellence

George Miller, astronomy senior and Dean’s Scholar in the College of Natural Sciences, has won the $20,000 grand prize in the University Co-operative Society’s George H. Mitchell Awards for Academic Excellence.
Hubble Study Challenges "Cosmic Fireworks" as Largest Driver of Galaxy Growth

Hubble Study Challenges "Cosmic Fireworks" as Largest Driver of Galaxy Growth

University of Texas at Austin astronomers studied 166 of the most massive galaxies present only a few billion years after the Big Bang.

Astronomer Honored by The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas

Astronomer Honored by The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas

Karl Gebhardt will receive the 2012 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Science in recognition of his discoveries regarding the formation of black holes and galaxies.

Texas Astronomers Collaborate to Find Goldilocks Planet

Texas Astronomers Collaborate to Find Goldilocks Planet

The planet is the first located in the "just-right" orbit that's not too hot, nor too cold for water to exist in liquid form, making life as we know it possible.

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Pair of Black Holes "Weigh In" at 10 Billion Suns; Most Massive Yet

Pair of Black Holes "Weigh In" at 10 Billion Suns; Most Massive Yet

Astronomers have discovered the most massive black holes to date — two monsters weighing as much as 10 billion suns and threatening to consume anything, even light, within a region five times the size of our solar system.

Young Astronomer Sally Dodson-Robinson Receives Prestigious Career Grant from National Science Foundation

Young Astronomer Sally Dodson-Robinson Receives Prestigious Career Grant from National Science Foundation

Dodson-Robinson will use funding to support her research program called "Giant Planets in Dusty Disks."

Astronomers Discover Unusual Multi-Planet Solar System With NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft

Astronomers Discover Unusual Multi-Planet Solar System With NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft

A team of researchers has used NASA's Kepler space telescope to discover an unusual multiple-planet system containing a super-Earth and two Neptune-sized planets orbiting in resonance with each other.

Astronomers Discover Stars Locked in Fatal Dance

Astronomers Discover Stars Locked in Fatal Dance

Astronomers have discovered a pair of burnt-out stars spiraling into one another at breakneck speeds.

UT Experiment Grapples With Essence of Gravity

We have all experienced gravity, but even to the brightest minds in science, it remains largely a mystery. Gary J. Hill, an astronomer at the University of Texas at Austin, is trying to change that.