News & Updates

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

7 October 2013
VIRUS Units Come Together

9 September 2013
Last Look at Sky Before Upgrade

10 May 2013
Mirror Coating Smooths the Way for HET Upgrade

 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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Big Crunch

A possible ending for the universe in which everything collapses back to a single point, like the one that began expanding at the Big Bang. For a Big Crunch to happen, the universe must contain enough matter for its gravity to overcome the expansion of the universe, reverse it, and pull everything back in.

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Gary Hill & Phillip MacQueen with VIRUS-P

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