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Press Releases: 2010

A collection of recent TMT press releases.

Guiding the TMT Design by Studying Today’s Largest Telescopes


By Warren Skidmore, TMT Scientist The Thirty Meter Telescope’s (TMT) primary mirror has much in common with the 10-meter mirrors on the Keck telescopes. more »

Conference on Astronomical Site Testing Data to be held in Valparaiso, Chile, December 1-3, 2010


The testing campaign to identify the best site for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) has been one of the most complete atmospheric studies in recent years. The TMT project office and the U.S. National... more »

TMT to Present 3-D Tour of the Universe at USA Science and Engineering Festival


Update: Watch the video of festival visitors from TMT's Fisheye camera. more »

Thirty Meter Telescope Welcomes Recommendations of Decadal Survey


On August 13, 2010, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released its Astro2010 report, New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics, which indentified a Giant Segmented Mirror Telescope... more »

Science with the Thirty Meter Telescope: The Young and Distant Universe


Sometime during the first 300 million years after the Big Bang, the first tiny seeds of galaxies began to collapse and form stars. As these galaxies grew during the subsequent 300–400 million... more »

India Joins Thirty Meter Telescope Project


PASADENA, Calif. — The Minister of Science and Technology of India, Mr. Prithviraj Chavan, announced today the decision of India to join the Thirty Meter Telescope Project (TMT) as an Observer... more »

Steidel to Receive 2010 Cosmology Prize of Gruber Foundation


Charles Steidel, the Lee A. DuBridge Professor of Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology and co-chair of the Thirty Meter Telescope Science Advisory Committee, is the recipient of... more »

TMT Co-sponsors Conference on Emerging Discipline -- Astroinformatics


About a hundred experts in astronomy, information technology, and applied computer science have gathered at Caltech to define a new field at the intersection of these disciplines. The emerging field... more »

TMT Project Scientist Jerry Nelson Wins Kavli Prize in Astrophysics


PASADENA, Calif.--Jerry Nelson, project scientist for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) and professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will share the $1... more »

TMT's Site Testing Campaign Subject of Public Lecture at Palomar


Quest for the Best Window on the Universe: Location may be important in real estate, but it’s essential for astronomy, especially when the home you’re building is for the world... more »

Mirror Segment Polishing Shines with New Methods


One of the most important milestones in the development and construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is the precision polishing of TMT’s primary mirror segments. Each of the 492... more »

Exoplanet Detection with the Thirty Meter Telescope


When the 10-meter Keck I telescope first became fully operational in 1992, the only planets known to exist were those in our own solar system. Models of planet formation dutifully reproduced the nine... more »

Public Roundtable: “Quest for a Living World”


PASADENA, Calif. -- Astronomers have found more than 400 alien worlds orbiting distant stars. So far, nearly all of these exoplanets are bigger than Jupiter and hotter than Mercury – places... more »

TMT Releases Public Database of its Site Testing Campaign


PASADENA, Calif. — The Thirty Meter Telescope Project (TMT) is launching a new database containing five years of atmospheric data from the telescope’s initial five candidates sites: Cerro... more »

EL Proyecto Astronómico TMT Libera Para Uso Público Su Base De Datos De Estudio De Sitio


Pasadena, Calif.- El Telescopio de Treinta Metros ha colocado a disposición del público en general su base de datos consistente en los parámetros atmosféricos observados... more »