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UT Austin Astronomers to Speak on New Discoveries


The West Texas Science Center and Abilene Chapter of the UT Exes, have joined forces to bring Dr. David L. Lambert, Director of Austin’s McDonald Observatory, and Dr. Karl Gebhardt, Herman and Joan Suit Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Texas, to Abilene for a captivating series of lectures on recent discoveries and developments in astronomy.

Recently, astronomers have used the Hobby-Eberly Telescope at The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory to measure the mass of what may be the most massive black hole yet — 17 billion times our sun’s mass — in galaxy NGC 1277. The work will appear in the journal Nature on Nov. 29.

On Friday, Jan. 25, Dr. Lambert and Dr. Gebhardt will be speaking at McMurry University in the Finch-Gray Science Center, room 105 at noon.

In addition, there will be a public lecture on Friday, January 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Wailing Lecture Hall in the Foster Science Building on the campus of Abilene Christian University.

Both lectures are free and open to all.