Thirty Meter Telescope

Astronomy's Next-Generation Observatory
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April 22nd, 2018 • Science Announcement
Thirty Minute Talking Science: Thursday 26th April, 11.30am (PDT) - Mike Landry
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April 19th, 2018 • Associate Project Manager Blog
Sharper Focus, Part 2 - How TMT’s Adaptive Optics Will Work
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April 18th, 2018 • News
TMT International Observatory Science Advisory Committee (SAC) Meets in Pasadena
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April 16th, 2018 • Press Coverage
TMT Still Committed to Hawaii, For Now
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April 13th, 2018 • News
TMT BOARD DEFERS DECISION ON THIRTY METER TELESCOPE SITE
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April 11th, 2018 • Associate Project Manager Blog
Sharper Focus -Part 1- The Why and How of Adaptive Optics
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March 25th, 2018 • Press Coverage
Support is building for TMT — even among Hawaiians
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April 18th, 2018 • Photograph
TMT Science Advisory Committee (SAC) Meeting on April 10, 2018, Pasadena, CA
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March 19th, 2018 • News
Thirty Meter Telescope’s Refrigeration Cooling System Passes Conceptual Design Review
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March 16th, 2018 • Photograph
TMT Team Assembles The First of 492 Primary Mirror Segment Support for the Telescope
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March 8th, 2018 • News
Planning for the Next Generation of TMT Science Instruments is Already Underway
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February 1st, 2018 • Associate Project Manager Blog
Segment Support Assembly Production in the USA
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February 26th, 2018 • Press Coverage
TMT manufacturing continues despite legal setbacks
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February 22nd, 2018 • Associate Project Manager Blog
China's Contribution to TMT's Primary Mirror
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February 12th, 2018 • Associate Project Manager Blog
Stressed Mirror Polishing
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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TMT International Observatory Science Advisory Committee (SAC) Meets in Pasadena
April 18th, 2018 Science & Astronomy

Members of the TMT Science Advisory Committee (SAC) met in Pasadena on April 9&10, 2018 for their quarterly gathering. SAC representatives reported on their respective activities for the TMT project and discussed top-level requirements for TMT’s suite of science instruments.

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TMT BOARD DEFERS DECISION ON THIRTY METER TELESCOPE SITE
April 13th, 2018

The TMT International Observatory (TIO) Board of Governors at its meeting this week deferred a decision on whether to continue towards building the Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii, or to consider the alternative in the Canary Islands.

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Thirty Meter Telescope’s Refrigeration Cooling System Passes Conceptual Design Review
March 19th, 2018 Engineering & Technology

Pasadena, March 16, 2018 - The conceptual design and scope of TMT’s Refrigerant Cooling System (REFR), which was executed and developed by a close Chinese-North American collaboration, successfully passed a recent conceptual design review. This system will be used to provide cooling to electronics enclosures mounted on the telescope structure. The system also maintains several TMT instrument enclosures at subzero temperatures to reduce thermal...

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Planning for the Next Generation of TMT Science Instruments is Already Underway
March 8th, 2018 Science & Astronomy

Pasadena, CA - March 8, 2018 - Future users of the Thirty Meter Telescope are now preparing studies of the science instruments that will be deployed after the telescope's first-light instrumentation suite.

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TMT Observatory Software Infrastructure Progress
February 15th, 2018 Engineering & Technology

The year started at full speed for the TMT Observatory Software (OSW) team, who met in Pune, India with their colleagues from the India TMT Coordination Center (ITCC) and ThoughtWorks engineers to conduct their 3rd Common Software (CSW) sub-system inception meeting.