The small comet Hartley 2 makes its closest approach to Earth today, and should be visible to the unaided eye for several days under dark skies in the hours before dawn, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.
The Perseid meteor shower, one of the year's best, is coming up late this week. The best viewing will be in the hours between midnight Aug. 12 and dawn on Aug. 13, according to the editors of StarDate magazine.
The Wren-Marcario Accessible Telescope (WMAT), designed to be wheelchair accessible for mobility-impaired visitors to The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory, will be dedicated tomorrow at the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center.
A partial lunar eclipse will be visible across much of North America early Saturday morning, according to the editors of StarDate magazine. As Earth's long shadow falls across the moon, the part in the shadow will turn dark. It will look as though a chunk were missing from the moon.
The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory is kicking off a campaign to promote awareness of the causes, effects and solutions to light pollution — stray light shone into the sky where it's wasted, rather than down on the ground where it's useful.
The discovery of a planetary system “out of whack,” where the orbits of two planets are at a steep angle to each other, was reported today (May 24) by a team of astronomers led by Barbara McArthur of The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory. This surprising finding will affect theories of how multi-planet systems evolve and shows that some violent events can happen to disrupt planets’ orbits after a planetary system forms, say researchers.
McDonald Observatory Scientist Details ‘Planets Gone Wild’; Reporters May Participate Remotely in Live Webcast from Miami
Event: McDonald Observatory's Barbara McArthur gives a press briefing live from the 216th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Miami on her surprising findings about a nearby solar system obtained with Hubble Space Telescope, The University of Texas at Austin's giant Hobby-Eberly Telescope in West Texas, and other ground-based telescopes. The university will issue… » 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.
Event: Screening of IMAX film "Hubble 3D," followed by panel discussion with three University of Texas at Austin astronomers who are frequent users of Hubble Space Telescope
Event: Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton will read her poetry celebrating the heavens. When: Two 30-minute readings Tuesday, April 6, at 7:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.