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The Giant Magellan Telescope will help astronomers demystify dark matter, probe black holes in distant galaxies and study planets around other stars

The Giant Magellan Telescope will help astronomers demystify dark matter, probe black holes in distant galaxies and study planets around other stars

It’s been more than eight decades since Paris, Texas banker William J. McDonald left most of his estate to the unsuspecting University of Texas at Austin. McDonald wanted his money used to establish an astronomical observatory. The surprised university had no astronomy department or faculty at the time. Artists’ conception of the Giant Magellan Telescope.…   » Continue Reading

Most powerful laser creates phenomena of universe in University of Texas at Austin laboratory

Most powerful laser creates phenomena of universe in University of Texas at Austin laboratory

Really Extreme Science: Todd Ditmire leads the way into his new laboratory below Robert Lee Moore Hall. He jiggles a key into a lock and swings open the door to a subterranean chamber worthy of a James Bond villain–if the villain were a university professor trying to do world-class research on a limited budget.