News & Updates

5 November 2015
Upgraded Hobby-Eberly Telescope Sees First Light

28 June 2015
Sophisticated set of mirrors will sharpen, widen HET’s view of the sky

31 March 2015
Engineers install, test cryogenic system

17 March 2014
Tracking HET’s Progress

 Dark energy is not only terribly important for astronomy, it's the central problem for physics. It's been the bone in our throat for a long time.”

Steven Weinberg
Nobel Laureate
University of Texas at Austin




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A possible ending for the universe in which dark energy is so strong that it not only drives the galaxies away from each other, but it eventually forces all particles of matter away from each other. In this scenario, galaxies, stars, and planets all would disintegrate.

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