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Integration and Testing at the TMT Laboratory


One of the highlights for me starting to working on TMT four years ago was my first visit to our laboratory, and the opportunity to see and touch the hardware prototypes for TMT’s mirror support and control systems. Our lab is close to the TMT Project Office in Pasadena, so we can quickly and easily access integration and test facilities as we research and develop technologies for TMT. more »

TMT Wide-Field Optical Spectrometer (WFOS) Review


Pasadena, CA (May --, 2017) – The TMT Wide-Field Optical Spectrometer (WFOS) team held a key review at the TMT Project Office on May 2-3, 2017. WFOS is planned to be one of TMT’s first-light instruments, together with the Infrared Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS). more »

TMT Science Advisory Committee (SAC) Convenes in Pasadena


A combination of face-to-face and remote participants attended the TMT Science Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting at the TMT Project Office in Pasadena on April 27 & 28, 2017, to develop science-based recommendations for the TMT International Observatory Board of Directors, which will hold its next quarterly meeting this month.  more »

Primary Mirror Blanks Qualified and Accepted by TMT


April 24, 2017 Pasadena, CA - The TMT project has accepted 72 mirror blanks produced by OHARA, a Japanese optical glass manufacturer in Sagamihara near Tokyo, and polished by CANON Inc., under the direction of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). This official acceptance confirms the excellent quality of the blanks and is based on stringent verification of the technical specifications set for all 492 TMT primary segment blanks (plus an additional 82 spare units) that will... more »

Poll: On key controversial issues, Hawaii not as divided as it appears
Hawaii News Now


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A new poll sheds light on some of the most controversial issues facing the state, and shows opinions aren’t as divided as some might think. The survey looked at public opinions on short-term vacation rentals, the Thirty-Meter Telescope, and death with dignity. When it comes to the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea, 72 percent of likely voters said they supported it. more »

India’s Devasthal Telescope


In the Himalayan foothills near Naintal, India, stands the largest single-mirror optical telescope in Asia: India’s new Devasthal Telescope, designed and built under the joint leadership of the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), the Indian Institute for Astrophysics, and the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research. This week is the first anniversary of Devasthal going live, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel... more »