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Looking into the past, future: 75 years of ‘beautiful science’

Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014 1:35 pm

Dark energy makes up about 68 percent of the universe. This figure comes from NASA, but little else is known about dark energy. “Dark just means we don’t know what it is,” explained Dr. Tom Barnes of the McDonald Observatory.

An astronomer himself and the superintendent of the observatory, Barnes recently offered the Avalanche a behind-the-scenes look at this unique facility located near Fort Davis under Far West Texas’ pristinely dark skies.

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