Recent News and Press Releases

January 31, 2019

Professor Jennifer Marshall has been selected as Project Scientist for the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE) project! Read more on discover-e and the full article here.

July 17, 2018

Professor Jennifer Marshall and the Texas A&M Astronomy Team are hosting the second star party of a three-event series at The Stella Hotel! Read more!

June 19, 2018

Professor Jennifer Marshall and the Texas A&M Astronomy Team are hosting three-event series star parties at The Stella slated for the third Thursday of each summer month! Read more!

May 30, 2018

Professor Jennifer Marshall and Erika Cook were on PBS Nova Wonders episode on dark energy and dark matter, "What's the Universe Made Of?"

May 15–18, 2018

Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy Department hosted the 2018 Dark Energy Survey (DES) collaboration meeting with contributions from many members of A&M. Click here to read more about the project and here to see a picture of the collaborators.

April 11, 2018

Astronomy on Tap! We are pleased to announce the first Astronomy on Tap held in BCS will be Thursday April 12, starting at 6:30pm at Revolution Bar and Cafe in downtown Bryan. Have a beer and chat with astrophysicists! This week's guest speakers are Dr. Nicholas Suntzeff and Peter Chi, who will talk about dark matter and the beginnings of the Universe. Spread the word! Read the full article here, and check out the event on social media!

March 6, 2018

The 2018 DES Collaboration Meeting site has gone live! Click here to check it out, and register soon!

January 21, 2018

Astronomers are celebrating the monumental release of data from the Dark Energy Survey, made possible by the calibration system designed and built within Texas A&M's Munnerlyn Astronomical Laboratory. Read the details on The Eagle and A&M Today!

October 25, 2017

The Battalion reports on Professor Jennifer Marshall's observation of a historic cosmic event at a Chilean outpost, featuring interviews with Professors Lucas Macri, Jennifer Marshall, Louis Strigari, and Nicholas Suntzeff. Read more!

October 19, 2017

NOVA interviewed Professor Jennifer Marshall about her incredible discovery in astrophysics. Read more!

October 17, 2017

The Eagle interviewed Professor Jeniffer Marshall about the observation of a neutron star collision during her visit to a Chilean observatory. Read more!

October 16, 2017

As DES observers starting up the fifth and final DES season, Professor Jennifer Marshall, Erika Cook, and Marcus Sauseda were some of the first people to witness a binary neutron star merger event. Read more on The A&M College of Science! Also, read more about the significant roles of Professors Darren DePoy, Lucas Macri, Jennifer Marshall, Nicholas Suntzeff, and Lifan Wang in neutron star collision imaging and analyses.

August 22, 2017

The partial solar eclipse viewing event was a success! Hundreds of people joined Professor Darren DePoy, Dr. Luke Schmidt and the members of the Star Party team in Rudder Plaza. Read more about solar eclipse and the event on The Eagle and The Battalion!

August 16, 2017

The Eagle interviewed Professor Jennifer Marshall, Professor Nicholas Suntzeff, and a Star Party team member about solar eclipse! Read more!

August 15, 2017

Professor Jennifer Marshall and the Star Party team are hosting Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing Event on August 21 in front of Mermorial Student Center (MSC)! Read more on The A&M College of Science and Texas A&M Today.

August 8, 2017

The most precise map so far of dark matter in our universe was released by an international team of astrophysicists. Read more!

August 7, 2017

The Battalion interviewed Profossor Jennifer Marshall, Peter Chi, and the Star Party team members about our star parties! Read more!

August 3, 2017

DES released initial cosmology results! The A&M College of Science features interviews with Profesors Marshall and Suntzeff and recognizes the work of Professor DePoy, while recognizing Professors Macri, Papovich, and Strigari.

July 26, 2017

KBTX interviewed Professor Jennifer Marshall about star parties at The Stella Hotel! Read more!

July 17, 2017

Professor Jennifer Marshall and the Texas A&M Astronomy Team are hosting quarterly star parties at The Stella Hotel! Read more!

June 16, 2017

The cover photo on the current issue of the SPS Observer was taken in the instrumentation lab a few years ago by Kendra Lewellyn in an effort to cover the REU and other undergraduate research programs in the college. Read the full SPS Observer Spring 2017 here!

June 5, 2017

A planet hotter than most stars where a "year" lasts 1.5 days is discovered! Read more!

March 1, 2017

The Battalion interviewed Professor DePoy about a recent discovery of seven earth-sized planets orbiting Trappist-1, a dwarf star about 40 light-years from Earth!

January 23, 2017

There are several exciting science events happening this spring semester both worldwide and at Texas A&M! Read more!

November 4, 2016

Professor Jennifer Marshall was recognized for recent outstanding accomplishments and selected as a recipient of the college's inaugural Leadership in Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Award at the college's annual Faculty-Staff Meeting and Awards Presentation! Read the full article here!

March 16, 2016

Graduate student Ting Li has been awarded the prestigious Lederman Fellowship at Fermilab! Read more about the award and the work that earned Li this prestigious postdoctoral position!

February 26, 2016

The detection of gravitational waves is an incredibly signifigant development in modern astronomy! Read how the research of A&M Professors DePoy, Marshall, and Macri is connected!

January 27, 2016

The Mitchell Institute Star Parties appeared in a Battalion article, featuring an interview with Professor Jennifer Marshall on this unique opportunity for students and members of the public alike to view interesting celestial targets chosen by professional astronomers! For future star party dates and weather updates see here.

November 12, 2015

The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization broke ground this week at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile! With a 25 meter diameter the GMT will be the world's largest telescope when it comes online in 2021. Read more about the project and A&M's substantial involvement as a founder from The A&M College of Science, Ars Technica, and The Battalion. Para el español, lea Diario El Día.

October 1, 2015

Mitchell Institute Star Parties were featured in the Battalion! View future Star Party times/locations here.

September 28, 2015

The Building Astronomy in Texas event hosted at A&M, and organized by faculty (and instrumentation lab) member Dr. Jennifer Marshall, marked a milestone for astronomy across the state: with astronomers from 18 Texas institutions assembling for the event. Read more on the front page of the Houston Chronicle!

September 8, 2015

Professor Jennifer Marshall was named a Montague-CTE Scholar by the Texas A&M Center for Teaching Excellence! This honor, recognizing her work on Undergraduate Astronomy courses at A&M, was highlighted in Texas A&M Today.

September 2, 2015

Texas A&M's involvment in the Dark Energy Survey was highlighted in The Battalion The article features interviews with Professors Suntzeff, DePoy, and Marshall.

August 28, 2015

Texas A&M will be hosting the Building Astronomy in Texas workshop September 26-27. A&M Professors Jennifer Marshall and Lucas Macri are coordinating organization for the workshop, set to coincide with the Texas Astronomy Undergraduate Research Symposium September 25th. Read more!

August 17, 2015

Professor Jennifer Marshall and graduate students Ting Li and Katelyn Stringer are among the authors of a Dark Energy Survey paper announcing 8 dwarf satellite galaxy candidates! Read the full article here!

July 30, 2015

Astronomy REU students featured in multiple videos describing their projects and accomplishments! Learn more

June 7 , 2015

Construction has begun at the
Giant Magellan Telescope site in Chile, an important milestone for a hugely signifigant project with substantial A&M involvement! Read more from the Eagle and and check out Munnerlyn Lab's contributions to the Giant Magellan Telescope!

March 31 , 2015

Munnerlyn Lab's weekly group meetings were noted for their unusual efficiency following Shana Hutchin's interview with Ting Li! Read the full post!

March 23, 2015

The College of Science interviewed graduate student Ting Li, asking her about her research and work at Munnerlyn Lab! Read the full article!

March 15, 2015

The first of many papers using data from the Dark Energy Survey were published recently. Professor Strigari, of Texas A&M was among the authors that identified two satellite galaxy candidates. A&M Professors Depoy and Marshall, as well as graduate student Li, played crucial roles in the development of the instrumentation used. Read more from the Eagle.

March 6, 2015

The Texas A&M Board of Regents has approved the revised Founders' agreement of the Giant Magellan Telescope Corporation, once again confirming A&M's commitment to astronomy research and instrumentation. Read more!

March 4, 2015

Ting Li has become the first graduate student to be awarded DES Builder status in recognition of her contributions to the Dark Energy Survey. Li will now be listed as an author on all DES papers!

February 20, 2015

Labors of the Lab featured Nicholas Mondrik, who discusses data driven science and his favorite aspects of astronomy!

February 12, 2015

The Texas A&M Board of Regents unaminously approved an additional $22 million in funding for the Giant Magellen Telescope, raising A&M's contribution to $50 million and entitling the University to signifigant influence on the project. Read more from the Battalion and its Editorial Board.

January 29, 2015

Texas A&M has been admitted to the prestigious Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy. A&M's admission was due to achievements in astronimical fields including instrumentation!

January 22, 2015

A series of recent donations have enabled the 11 partner institutions of the Giant Magellan Telescope to step up hiring and site preperation for what will be the world's largest telescope. Texas A&M has contributed over $28 million, and a February 12th Board of Regents meeeting will discuss financing the remainder of A&M's planned $50 million contribution. Read more from the Battalion and the College of Science!

December 5, 2014

The Texas A&M College of Science selected Instrumentation as one of its impact areas! These are the college's foremost strengths and are of national prominence.

November 30, 2014

Texas A&M's Physics and Astronomy Teaching Observatory was ranked 3rd amongst university observatories across the nation by College Rank! The observatory, managed by Don Carona, features 16 and 20 inch telescopes, as well as a classroom and student observation deck. Read more at the Eagle.

November 19, 2014

Dr. Jennifer Marshall was recognized by the Texas A&M Science Department for her recent success in obtaining a quarter-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation to fund her study of M dwarf star composition. Hers was among the 16% of projects awarded a grant in the NSF's competitive process.

October 30, 2014

Now that VIRUS is being installed at McDonald Observatory for its role in HETDEX, the Texas A&M College of Science spoke with members of the Munnerlyn Lab for an inside perspective!

October 29, 2014

Graduate Student Ting Li's Atmospheric Transmission Monitoring Camera (aTmCam), its installation, and its creation were profiled in a recent article which also featured on To read more about aTmCam, click here.

August 6, 2014

During Summer 2014, the Instrumentation Lab had seven undergraduates from across the country participate in its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. To learn more about the REU program, click here.

September 4, 2013

The Dark Energy Survey (DES) Project, an effort more than ten years in the making, launched. To read more about the project and its goals, click here.

September 4, 2013

Dr. Darren DePoy was interviewed by The Eagle about his efforts on the DES Project. To read the interview and learn more about the project, click here.

December 10-14, 2012

Several Texas A&M employees have worked to collaborate on the DES Project. Click here to read more about the project and here to see a picture of the collaborators.

September 2012

Congratulations Emily Boster on receiving the prestigious 2012 Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Award!

September 14, 2012

Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy hosted a Research Symposium for Undergraduate Astronomy students. Click here to see the list of speackers.

May 31, 2012

Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy will host a public event to watch the transit of Venus on June 5. Read about it here and check out our poster.

April 3, 2012

Dr. Suntzeff and Dr. Marshall shed light on Texas A&M's role in the GMT and our plans for building GMACS in an article featured in The Battalion today.

March 25, 2012

Congratulations to Tyler Behm for placing 1st in the poster competition for Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics and Materials Sciences at Student Research Week!

March 20, 2012

Congratulations to Ryan Oelkers for being awarded an NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship to study exoplanets at Nanjing University in China this summer!

January 20, 2012

Star Parties will be hosted on the first Thursday of every month this semester! See our flyer for more information.

January 14, 2012

The second mirror for the GMT is cast at Steward Mirror Laboratory in Tucson, Arizona. Read the article from an Arizona newspaper Check out some videos and images of the glass melting, here. Listen to NPR's All Things Considered discuss the event. NPR also explains how the world's largest mirrors are made, here.

November 30, 2011

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Marshall for receiving the Ethel Ashworth-Tsutsui Award for mentoring. Read about the ceremony here.

November 22, 2011

Dr. DePoy and Dr. Marshall explain Texas A&M's role in VIRUS. Read the article in TAMUtimes.

November 17, 2011

Come check out our Star Parties! We will be hosting them monthly in Spring 2012.

October 18, 2011

Dr. Darren DePoy and Graduate Student Ryan Oelkers were interviewed about the search for exoplanets in the Battalion.

October 17, 2011

Dr. Jennifer Marshall is featured this week on McDonald Observatory's "What are Astronomers Doing?"


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