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 unit of length used by astronomers to measure great cosmic distances. One light-year is equal to the distance light travels in one year, which is about 5.88 trillion miles or almost 800 times the diameter of our solar system. The nearest star is a mere four light-years away, while the nearest large galaxy lies about 2.5 million light-years from Earth. Astronomers also use another unit, the parsec, which is equivalent to 3.26 light-years.

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