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A collection of recent TMT feature stories.

TMT’S Infrared Imaging Spectrograph IRIS Achieves Milestone

02.20.2017

PASADENA, CA – Design of the Thirty Meter Telescope’s IRIS (InfraRed Imaging Spectrograph), recently achieved a major milestone. The IRIS design team successfully completed the first of... more »

TMT’s Telescope Structure Final Subsystem Design Review Completed

02.06.2017

PASADENA, CA – In mid-December 2016, an international panel of reviewers met at the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO) facility in Amagasaki, Japan, for the last of three final design... more »

Common Software Design Approved for Production

02.01.2017

PASADENA, CA – On December 13-14, 2016, an international panel of reviewers met at the TMT project office in Pasadena for the Final Design Review of the Common Software (CSW) subsystem. more »

From Around the World to Japan: Discussions of the Future for TMT

07.12.2016

In May 2016, Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan were gathering places for TMT-related scientists, engineers, educators and public communications experts from around the world to discuss and plan the future for... more »

Why We Are Building It: New Science Case for the Thirty Meter Telescope Highlights Major Areas of Discovery

05.07.2015

A new document describing the transformational science the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will enable has been released. TMT is a powerful, next-generation astronomical observatory that will begin... more »

TMT Background - Get the Facts

04.13.2015

TMT has launched an informational microsite. The website provides additional background on the project, gives answers to the most frequently asked questions, and provides a listing of some balanced... more »

Canada Funding for TMT Announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper

04.08.2015

Earlier this week Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the Government of Canada’s intention to provide significant support for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), an international project that... more »

Thirty Meter Telescope Update and Background

04.06.2015

[Source - University of Hawaii News]: The construction phase beginning on the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project on Maunakea on Hawaii Island has prompted protests and media coverage. The... more »

Total Lunar Eclipse Visible Across TMT Partnership

04.02.2015

[Text courtesy of TMT and the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory]: On April 4, 2015 a total lunar eclipse will be visible across the TMT partnership. The moon will be in total eclipse for about 5... more »

TMT Science Forum 2015: "Maximizing Transformative Science with TMT"

03.06.2015

TMT announces the 2015 Science Forum titled “Maximizing Transformative Science with TMT.” The forum will be held June 23-25, 2015 at the American Association for the Advancement of... more »