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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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Friday Interview: Dr. Taft Armandroff, New Director of McDonald Observatory

In a broadcast recorded live at the McDonald Observatory near Ft. Davis, Texas, MPR reporter Lorne Matalon and Morning Edition anchor Travis Bubenik spoke with Dr. Taft Armandroff, the recently appointed director of the observatory. The three met up at … Continue reading

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Update: Limpia Canyon Fire Contained

Update 2:30 pm – The Limpia Canyon Fire outside of Fort Davis is now contained, according to Jim Fowler with the Fort Davis Fire Department. Crews will still be working to clean up the burned areas and any hot spots that … Continue reading

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West Texas Energy Boom A Threat To Astronomy

World-class observatories like Mount Wilson near Los Angeles and Palomar north of San Diego are cramped by the intrusion of urban light to once unspoiled night skies. Facing the same problem in the 1970s, scientists at Kitt Peak National Observatory … Continue reading

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Researchers Find “Groundbreaking” Proof of Cosmic Inflation

What’s being held as one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs in decades has created a flurry of media attention this week. Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics say they’ve discovered our first direct proof of cosmic inflation – … Continue reading

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