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CIOMP Play an Active Part in TMT Project
Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences


On May 25th. 2011, the National Astronomical Observatories (NAOC) held the International Colloquium on Thirty-Meter Telescope at China National Convention Center (CNCC). The main focus of the colloquium is to have wide-range discussions on the work division and project status of the Chinese institutions get involved in the TMT project. more »

Hawaii Appoves Plan for Giant Telescope Atop Dormant Volcano


The Hawaiian government's Department of Land and Natural Resources has granted a permit to the University of Hawaii to build and operate the $1.3 billion Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea, a 13,803-foot (4,207-meter) volcanic peak on Hawaii's Big Island. more »

Mauna Kea Telescope Ok'd
Honolulu Star Advertiser


Astronomy, Hawaiian cultural practices and economic realities were major themes yesterday as the state Board of Land and Natural Resources unanimously approved siting the 14th and biggest telescope to date atop Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island.   more »

Eye on the sky: UVic expertise helps build the world's largest telescope
Times Colonist


Imagine a telescope so powerful that it would let you see a loonie coin being held by someone in Calgary-from Victoria. Sound far-fetched? The technology is closer to reality than you think. An international team of scientists and engineers is currently building the world's largest and most advanced optical telescope-the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)-and University of Victoria researchers are playing a key role in its development. more »

Chinese Astronomers Set Sights on Overseas Scopes
Science Insider


Chinese astronomers are about to gain a superior view of the heavens--at premier perches far from their homeland. The National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is negotiating with four world-class optical and infrared facilities in Chile and the United States to give Chinese astronomers around 50 nights of observing time per year at the telescopes, ScienceInsider has learned. more »

Bridging Science and Culture with the Thirty Meter Telescope


How taking the right steps helped mitigate a 40-year dispute in Hawaii. more »

Wreckage is from pristine star
BBC News


UK and US scientists have found the remnants of a star that exploded more than 13 billion years ago. more »

Thirty Meter Telescope hearing tonight, tomorrow on Big Island
Big Island Video News


The state Department of Land and Natural Resources will hold public hearings tonight at the county council room in Hilo and tomorrow at the Natural Energy Lab in Kona, on a conservation district use application for the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) at the Mauna Kea Science Reserve. more »

TMT hearings slated in Hilo, Kona
Hawaii 24/7


The state of Hawaii has scheduled two public hearings in December to gather input on the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope. more »

A video interview with Jerry Nelson: giant telescope design
SPIE Website


The segmented-mirror telescope pioneer talks about the challenges and innovations of designing the Keck and Thirty Meter Telescope mirrors. more »