The University of Texas System Board of Regents Friday authorized UT Austin to spend $50 million in research reserves to participate in building the Giant Magellan Telescope, which will be the world’s largest telescope when it’s completed in 2020. The project will give students, researchers and faculty the opportunity to make groundbreaking discoveries in astronomy.
Event: The detonation of a mountain peak at The Carnegie Institution's Las Campanas Observatory in Chile to begin site preparation for the construction of the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will be live-streamed to the general public. Video coverage is provided courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Chile. When: Friday, March 23, 11 a.m. CDT. Any change… » Continue Reading
Moon Passes Mars, Regulus and Saturn May 19-22; High-Resolution Images, HD Animation Available from StarDate Media
The bright star Regulus joins the Moon and the planet Mars to form a beautiful lineup high in the southern sky at nightfall May 19-22, according to the editors of StarDate magazine. High-resolution images and high-definition video of these changing sky scenes are available online at StarDate’s Media Center.
One of the skywatching highlights of the year takes place on the night of January 29, as the full Moon and the planet Mars march high across the sky, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.
It’s time once again for nature to put on its late-summer fireworks show: the Perseid meteor shower. This year’s best viewing will be before dawn on Aug. 12, with a second chance after sunset that night, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.
Presidents of Texas’ Two Flagship Universities Powers and Murano, Philanthropist Mitchell Encourage Texans to Support Telescope Project
The presidents of Texas' two flagship universities, William Powers Jr. of The University of Texas at Austin and Elsa A. Murano of Texas A&M University, joined philanthropist George P. Mitchell in Houston Friday to generate state-wide support for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), a project that will take Texas to the forefront of astronomy.
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.