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Astronomers Find Clues In The Case Of The Glowing Space ‘Blobs’

Blobs in space emitting eerie, unexplained light have been puzzling astronomers for more than 15 years. Now, they think they are on to the cause of the mysterious glow.

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Blue Origin Sticks Fourth Reusable Rocket Landing

The commercial space company Blue Origin completed another rocket launch from West Texas Sunday morning, marking the fourth time the company owned by billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has reused a rocket booster. The company’s New Shepard space vehicle blasted off just … Continue reading

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Blue Origin Completes Another Rocket Launch from West Texas

This story has been updated. The commercial space company Blue Origin completed another test launch Saturday morning from its secretive facility north of Van Horn in rural West Texas. The company’s billionaire owner Jeff Bezos, live-Tweeting during the launch in … Continue reading

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Kepler Space Telescope Discovers Most Earth-like Planet To Date

Big news this morning from NASA’s planet hunting mission. Dr. Mike Endl, a research scientist with The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory, spoke with the Texas Standard about the mission. Listen back to Marfa Public Radio’s episode of West Texas Talk with Dr. … Continue reading

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For Astronomers’ Sake, Some Drillers Cut Their Lights

FORT DAVIS — As a cool breeze blew across the 6,800-foot mountain that Coyne Gibson stood on, he gazed at a night sky dotted with constellations, planets and meteors — all visible to the naked eye, thanks to the surrounding … Continue reading

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New Telescope Mirrors Will Help McDonald Observatory Researchers Study Dark Energy

Almost seven years ago, teams of engineers and scientists began designing mirrors for a telescope to study the universe’s dark energy. That’s the mysterious energy many scientists theorize the universe is largely made up of. No such mirrors had ever … Continue reading

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Texas Astronomers Discover an Ancient Solar System

It’s been a busy start to the new year for astronomers at the McDonald Observatory near Fort Davis. In January, researchers announced their discovery of what they describe as a black hole “choking” on a star, and the observatory has … Continue reading

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Astronomers Find Black Hole Choking on a Star

A team of astronomers at the McDonald Observatory have reported a remarkable discovery – a black hole choking on a star. The discovery came as the team was searching for supernovae – exploding stars that produce an extremely bright flash in the sky. They were … Continue reading

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Texas “Fireball” Spotted at McDonald Observatory

Last Saturday, people across Texas reported seeing a massive ball of light streak across the night sky just before 9 pm. Reports of a massive, greenish-yellow streak of light poured in from San Antonio to Houston, from Terlingua to Midland-Odessa. … Continue reading

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Can the Private Space Industry Stabilize a Boom-and-Bust Economy?

By early next year, alongside the sound of jets landing at the Midland International Airport, you might also hear sonic booms from space flights re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. This month, the private space company XCOR broke ground at the airport, … Continue reading

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