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Consortium Including University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University Selects Site in Chile for Future ‘Giant Magellan Telescope’

The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory and Texas A&M University Department of Physics have announced that the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) Consortium has decided to build the GMT at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. Las Campanas is operated by the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Texas Astronomers Discover Multi-Planet System Around Unexpected Star; May Alter Theories of Planet Formation

Texas Astronomers Discover Multi-Planet System Around Unexpected Star; May Alter Theories of Planet Formation

University of Texas at Austin astronomers William Cochran and Michael Endl, working with graduate students Robert Wittenmyer and Jacob Bean, have used the 9.2-meter Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) at McDonald Observatory to discover a system of two Jupiter-like planets orbiting a star whose composition might seem to rule out planet formation. This NASA-funded study has implications for theories of planet formation.