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In the News: 2009

A collection of news publications that have recently featured TMT.

Titanic Thirty Meter Telescope Will See Deep Space More Clearly
Wired Magazine


Four hundred years after Galileo’s telescope revolutionized humanity’s view of the universe, a gigantic telescope is in the works that could take us to a new, deeper level of understanding. more »

Telescope Seeks Builders
Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Architects and engineers met with the Thirty Meter Telescope team Monday in Hilo in the first step toward the construction of the support buildings. more »

Biggest, Baddest Optical Telescope Finds Home Atop a Hawaiian Volcano
Popular Science


Hawaii's cluster of telescopes on the dormant volcano of Mauna Kea will have to make room for a new big sibling. The world's largest optical telescope is designed to have nine times the collecting area of any existing optical telescope, upon its completion in 2018. more »

Excitement, disappointment over TMT decision
Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Reaction to the announcement that the Thirty Meter Telescope will be built on Mauna Kea fell along expected lines, with supporters elated and opponents disappointed. more »

Build the TMT on Mauna Kea
Hawaii Tribune-Herald


In 1609, Galileo Galilei pointed his telescope to the sky and took an unprecedented look at the universe. Four centuries later, the Big Island is poised to make the next giant leap in astronomy. more »

Mysteries of the Cosmos


Last January, the National Science Foundation, the Thirty Meter Telescope, and DISCOVER cosponsored a panel discussion at CalTech between DISCOVER/Bad Astronomy blogger Phil Plait and four of the nation's leading astronomers and astrophysicists: Mike Brown, Debra Fischer, Andrea Ghez, and Saul Perlmutter. more »

Adaptive Optics Key Component Passes Critical Test
Laser Focus World


The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) has marked "a major milestone on its way to becoming the world's most advanced and capable optical telescope," according to the TMT project team. more »

Scientists team up with B.C. firm to build biggest-ever optical telescope
CBC News


The Thirty Meter Telescope will be manufactured piece by piece in the Vancouver area and then assembled on Cerro Armazones in Chile or Mauna Kea in Hawaii. more »

Dome Big Dome: Giant Observatories Augur New Era of Cosmology
Scientific American


When the next generation of giant ground-based telescopes comes online in the next decade, human eyes will see what no one has seen before. more »

In a Big Year for Telescopes, Much Peering Into Wallets
Washington Post


The big bang, black holes, dark matter, dark energy, extrasolar planets, brown dwarfs, quasars, pulsars, cosmic rays, the space-time continuum, galaxies and more galaxies. Do you see what Galileo started? more »