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May 21st, 2024

In this clip from This Week in Space, Dr. John Mulchaey, Director of the Carnegie Observatories, discusses the "Big Glass Wars" - the competition to construct the next generation of enormous ground-based telescopes. Learn about the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) and the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), their incredible size and segmented mirror design, and the cutting-edge science they will enable.

February 26th, 2024

A new County of Hawaiʻi sister-city program created in partnership with TMT is promoting cultural learning and exchanges between high school students, with an emphasis on sharing Hawaiian culture and knowledge.

February 23rd, 2024

In a recent interview with Howard Wiig from ThinkTech Hawaii, Fengchuan Liu and Yuko Kakazu presented TMT's new vision, approach, and community-driven educational programs for keiki.

December 6th, 2023

TMT Laser Guide Star Facility Storyboard

November 6th, 2023

TMT International Observatory attended the 2023 Society of Women Engineers National Conference (sWE23).

May 9th, 2022

Timelapse video from the ITCC/ L&T/ TIO PO Assembly activities for the first SSA built at L&T in India.

May 27th, 2021

TMT segment exchange

March 16th, 2021

Shipping each of the 574 extremely fragile primary mirror segments with all its electronics and components isn't an easy task.

March 5th, 2021

Significant violent crash impacts of four meters per second were conducted and demonstrated the level of protection for TMT’s extremely fragile equipment. Shock loads on the SSA and PMA did not exceed maximum allowable values.

December 21st, 2020

Happy Holidays from TMT! Our young TMT family members are sharing their Holiday Art of peace and hope in welcoming the New Year. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas from all of us at TMT.

December 18th, 2020

The entire TMT team wishes you a Happy Holidays season and Happy New Year 2021! In the spirit of the holidays, we share with you some artistic impressions made by the youngest members of the TMT family.

March 23rd, 2020

Experiment on TMT Prototype Surface Polishing by Ion Beam Figuring (IBF) Process - Timelapse video. A full-size TMT segment prototype, underwent IBF testing of its surface quality at scia Systems GmbH in Chemnitz, Germany in February 2020. scia Systems’ IBF chamber is large enough to carry out a detailed study of the final polishing stage of TMT’s 1.4m segments. Video credit: TMT International Observatory

March 6th, 2020

Installation of TMT mirror segment prototype on the MSIT facility at TMT technical lab in California. This time-lapse video, recorded on February 11, 2020, shows the painstaking process of integrating a primary mirror segment into the TMT Multi-Segment Integration & Test (MSIT) facility. It shows the integration of the seventh and final segment - Video credit: TMT international Observatory / Saeko S. Hayashi

January 24th, 2020

Michael Bolte, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California Santa Cruz and member of the Board of Directors for the Thirty-Meter Telescope International Observatory, is speaking about TMT status and progress during the US-ELT presentation/session at AAS 235th meeting in Honolulu.

November 13th, 2019

The leaf springs required for TMT warping harness mechanism, supporting each one of the 492 primary active segments, are being tested and validated in an Environmental Simulation Laboratory.

November 1st, 2019

TMT Primary Mirror Segment Support Assembly Integration

July 9th, 2019

TMT staff Glen Cole and Christophe Dumas have a coffee-break conversation about Glen’s last trip to Japan and update on TMT mirrors fabrication and verification.

March 4th, 2019

TMT Project Office representatives visited the India TMT Optics Fabrication Facility, near Bengaluru, India on January 2019. Here is a video of this world class optical facility, whose construction is nearly completed. The next step will be to bring in high-precision machines that will prepare and polish a large number of TMT primary mirror segments.

November 26th, 2018

Ben Gallagher, TMT's M1 System Lead Engineer talks about the TMT's M1s primary mirror system.

November 16th, 2018

Tour of the TMT technical lab in Monrovia with Bryan Smith -TMT Quality Assurance and Test Engineer.-

August 3rd, 2018

Angel Otarola Interview for "Pasadena en Español"

June 13th, 2018

TMT's Primary Mirror Segments production is progressing.

February 16th, 2018

Twenty seven TMT blanks began their long journey across the Pacific Ocean.

December 19th, 2016

Executive Director Ed Stone on why Maunakea is the best site to build the TMT