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Press Releases: 2012

A collection of recent TMT press releases.

TMT Active In Hawaii Island Robotics Action


Last weekend the gears were humming at Kealakehe High School, as the Hawaii Island VEX Robotics Tournament and Robotics Exploration & Showcase, sponsored by Thirty Meter Telescope, brought... more »

Astronomy in the Classroom


Know a West Hawaii Middle or High School teacher? TMT and the UH Institute for Astronomy will be sponsoring a free teachers workshop Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 at Kealakehe... more »

Monitoring Io’s Insane Volcanic Activity from the Comfort of Earth


Watching active volcanic eruptions should definitely be done from a distance, but a group of California researchers has figured out how to do it from the comfort of home. Using an ingenious... more »

TMT Will Take Discoveries of Stars Orbiting the Milky Way's Monster Black Hole to the Next Level


Researchers have discovered a star that whips around the giant black hole at the center of our galaxy in record time, completing an orbit every 11.5 years. The finding, appearing today in the journal... more »

7 Billion Light-Years, and 10 Years Later – Meeting in Beijing


From an article for "Inquiries of Heaven" ( Supplementary Issue ) - the daily newspaper for the IAU 28th General Assembly in Beijing, China, By Zhiying Huo (NAOC): Almost 10 years ago, I... more »

Astronomers Are Ready to Celebrate


From an article for "Inquiries of Heaven" ( Issue No. 10 ) - the daily newspaper for the IAU 28th General Assembly in Beijing, China: It’s been a long two weeks of talks, plenary... more »

Thirty Meter Telescope - An International Collaboration


From an overview article for "Inquiries of Heaven" (Issue No. 8 ) - the daily newspaper for the IAU 28th General Assembly in Beijing, China: The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) represents the... more »

Hawaii Community College Hosts Akamai High School Stars


Hawaii Community College's Manono Campus recently hosted fourteen high school students from Hawaii Island at the 2012 Akamai Observatory Career Explorations Program.   We're reminded of Brian... more »

Joint Statement on the Third U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue


India’s Minister of External Affairs Shri S.M. Krishna and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met in Washington, DC, on June 13, 2012, for the third annual U.S.-India Strategic... more »

Pathways to Observatory Careers Launched


What's it like to work at an observatory? What kinds of jobs are needed? Who works there? What should I study in college?   These are questions 16 Hawaii Island high school students will find... more »

Discovery of the Most Distant Galaxy in the Cosmic Dawn


A team of astronomers including Dr. Masanori Iye (TMT Board member & National Astronomical Observatory of Japan), Takatoshi Shibuya (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan), Dr.... more »

Putting the Camera on TMT at the USA Science and Engineering Festival


On April 28-29, 2012 TMT participated in the USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Over 100,000 visitors enjoyed interactive... more »

TMT Submits Proposal to NSF for Partnership Planning


The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project has submitted a funding proposal today to the National Science Foundation (NSF) to plan a potential partnership between the organizations. more »

Discovering New Frontiers in Astronomy with TMT/IRMS


With the commissioning of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) later this decade, a new era in observational astronomy will begin. more »

Inventors, Entrepreneurs, and Makers of All Things Technical and Scientific Will Find Amazing Ideas and Tools to Make Their Dreams Reality at USA Science & Engineering Festival


The USA Science & Engineering Festival hosted by Lockheed Martin offers a special appeal for budding entrepreneurs, inventors, engineers and programmers who will find the ideas, tools and... more »

TMT Scientist Andrea Ghez Awarded the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Crafoord Prize in Astronomy 2012


SWEDEN, Jan. 19, 2012 /adapted from RSAS press release/  -- The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Crafoord Prize in Astronomy 2012 to TMT scientist Andrea Ghez,... more »

Stunning Breakthrough for Gemini Telescope Points Way for Thirty Meter Telescope


Ground-based astronomy has taken a big leap forward today as the Gemini South telescope unveiled the first ultra-sharp image produced using a next-generation adaptive optics system. The Thirty Meter... more »