Thirty Meter Telescope

Astronomy's Next-Generation Observatory
What is TMT?

The Thirty Meter Telescope is a new class of extremely large telescopes that will allow us to see deeper into space and observe cosmic objects with unprecedented sensitivity.

What will TMT Explore?

TMT will be a unique tool for probing many outstanding open questions in astronomy.

Who is building TMT?

The Thirty Meter Telescope is being designed and developed by the TMT International Observatory LLC (TIO).

Our Story So Far...

TMT scientists selected Maunakea in July 2009 after a rigorous five-year campaign spanning the entire globe that measured virtually every atmospheric feature that might affect the performance of the telescope.

Latest From TMT

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Invitation to Participate in Development of Exemplar Key Science Programs For GMT and TMT
July 9th, 2018 Science & Astronomy

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) and its collaborative partners, the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory (TIO) and the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) invite all interested U.S. scientists to participate in the development of exemplar Key Science Programs (KSPs) for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) and Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), preferably working in concert.

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TMT Recognized for Contributions to Hawai'i Island Schools and Educational Programs
July 5th, 2018 Education & Outreach

HILO, HAWAII (July 5, 2018) – The Thirty Meter Telescope project (TMT) was recently awarded the 2018 Pualu Community Education Award by the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce for its educational contributions to the Hawaii Island community through its THINK Fund. Meaning to “work together,” the Pualu Awards were established in 1979 to honor dedication and hard work in the community. The Pualu Community Education Award honors an individual or...

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TMT Telescope Control System (TCS) Making Progress Toward Preliminary Design Review
June 19th, 2018 Engineering & Technology

Work is moving forward on TMT’s Telescope Control System (TCS), which is responsible for the coordination and control of the various telescope subsystems, responding to commands received from the observatory control system and from expert user interfaces. A part of TMT’s India work-share, the TCS is technically challenging due to the large number of external interfaces and the need for efficient communication with many distributed teams from...

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Thirty Meter Telescope’s THINK Fund Awards Over $1 Million in College Scholarships To Native Hawaiian and Hawaii Island Students
June 18th, 2018 Education & Outreach

Hilo, Hawaii (June 18, 2018) – The Hawaii Island New Knowledge (THINK) Fund has awarded college scholarships totaling $1,050,000 to 116 local Hawaii Island students over the past 4 years and an additional $2 plus million to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) pursuits.

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TMT Hilo office makes keiki stress relief kits for families affected by Hawaii Island volcanic activity
May 29th, 2018 Education & Outreach

TMT Hilo office makes keiki stress relief kits for families affected by Hawaii Island volcanic activity