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A Radio Documentary: “Dark Skies, Dark Energies” by Ian Lewis

Here in West Texas, there are two major searches ongoing. While companies in the Permian Basin seek more deposits of oil and gas underground, astronomers at McDonald Observatory are searching the sky for an answer to the question: what is … Continue reading

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A Radio Documentary: “Dark Skies, Dark Energies” by Ian Lewis

Here in West Texas, there are two major searches ongoing. While companies in the Permian Basin seek more deposits of oil and gas underground, astronomers at McDonald Observatory are searching the sky for an answer to the question: what is … Continue reading

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A Radio Documentary: “Dark Skies, Dark Energies” by Ian Lewis

Here in West Texas, there are two major searches ongoing. While companies in the Permian Basin seek more deposits of oil and gas underground, astronomers at McDonald Observatory are searching the sky for an answer to the question: what is … Continue reading

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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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Young, large, and in fast orbit: Texas Astronomers find New Exoplanet

This week Texas astronomers announced their discovery of a giant new exoplanet, which orbits close to its star. It’s a young planet: only 11 million years old. And it’s a large planet: 5 times the size of the Earth. What’s … Continue reading

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Discovery of New Planet at McDonald Observatory in West Texas

The McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis announced Wednesday the discovery of a new planet. It’s located in the Hyadesstar cluster. The planet is K2-25B. The lead astronomer with the discovery is Andrew Mann. It’s a warm afternoon on top of … Continue reading

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Texas Astronomers Discover Massive Outbursts in Dying Stars

This week Texas astronomers are announcing a new discovery: that dying stars display massive outbursts as they decay. These hot, bright flashes haven’t been seen before in stars like these. Almost all stars end up as white dwarfs, when they … 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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