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




A video introduction to dark energy, narrated by StarDate's Sandy Wood - Play video



The Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment. It will use an upgraded Hobby-Eberly Telescope, along with a suite of spectrographs known as VIRUS, to map a section of the universe as it existed 9 billion to 11 billion years ago. It will map one million galaxies or more and measure their motion through space, providing a probe of the nature of dark energy.

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