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Hawaii Hearings Officer Recommends Issuance of a State Permit to Build TMT on Maunakea
August 2nd, 2017 Science & Astronomy

After nearly five months of evidentiary hearings, a former state Judge has recommended a key state permit be issued to the University of Hawaii to allow construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea in Hawaii.

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TMT International Observatory and Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) Sign Agreement on Hosting the Thirty Meter Telescope in La Palma, Spain
March 29th, 2017 Science & Astronomy

Clearing a major milestone to construct and operate the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) in La Palma, Canary Islands, the TMT International Observatory (TIO) and Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) sign a hosting agreement.

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TMT’S Infrared Imaging Spectrograph IRIS Achieves Milestone
February 21st, 2017 Science & Astronomy

Design of the Thirty Meter Telescope’s IRIS (InfraRed Imaging Spectrograph), recently achieved a major milestone. The IRIS design team successfully completed the first of two slated Preliminary Design Reviews, which spanned the complete opto-mechanical design for the instrument. Additionally, the full set of operational concepts as well as all system and subsystem level design requirements and interfaces were presented.

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Statement Regarding Selection of Alternate Site for TMT
October 31st, 2016 Science & Astronomy

The TMT International Observatory Board of Governors met last week to discuss the progress of TMT in Hawaii and to consider potential alternate sites.

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From Around the World to Japan: Discussions of the Future for TMT
July 12th, 2016 Science & Astronomy

Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan were gathering places for TMT-related scientists, engineers, educators and public communications experts from around the world to discuss and plan the future for TMT during the 2016 edition of the TMT Science Forum.

Why We Are Building It: New Science Case for the Thirty Meter Telescope Highlights Major Areas of Discovery
May 7th, 2015 Science & Astronomy

A new document describing the transformational science the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will enable has been released. TMT is a powerful, next-generation astronomical observatory that will begin scanning the skies in the 2020s.

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TMT Open House at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Meeting
December 30th, 2014 Science & Astronomy

TMT will host an Open House at the annual American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Seattle, WA on Monday, 5 January, at 5:30 pm, in room 6B.

TMT in the Astronomical Landscape of the 2020s
May 6th, 2014 Science & Astronomy

TMT and NOAO will host the second TMT Science Forum at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona on July 17-19, 2014. The TMT Science Forum is an an annual gathering of astronomers, educators, and observatory staff, who meet to explore TMT science, instrumentation, observatory operations, archiving and data processing, astronomy education, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) issues.

International Science Development Teams - Call for Applications
October 19th, 2013 Science & Astronomy

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) has instituted International Science Development Teams (ISDTs). These have been established to foster scientific collaboration across the TMT partnership and beyond, into the broader astronomical community.

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Scientific Authorities Sign the TMT Master Agreement
July 26th, 2013 Science & Astronomy

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project announces today that all of the scientific authorities of the TMT partners have signed a Master Agreement. The Master Agreement document establishes a formal agreement amongst the international parties defining the project goals, establishing a governance structure and defining member party rights, obligations and benefits.

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Transforming our Understanding of the Universe with the Infrared Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS)
July 29th, 2011 Science & Astronomy

With the sharpest and most sensitive images ever taken in the near infrared, TMT and IRIS will open our eyes to the Universe in exciting new ways, exploring everything from dwarf planets at the orbit of Pluto to the most distant galaxies ever explored near the dawn of cosmic time.

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The Most Distant and Earliest Galaxies
March 31st, 2011 Science & Astronomy

The first stars and tiny galaxies formed about 150-300 million years after the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years ago. They were the seeds that led to today’s myriad galaxies, including our own Milky Way. But the details of when and how they developed are still unclear.

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Guiding the TMT Design by Studying Today’s Largest Telescopes
November 24th, 2010 Science & Astronomy

The Thirty Meter Telescope’s (TMT) primary mirror has much in common with the 10-meter mirrors on the Keck telescopes.

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Keck Telescope and "Cosmic Lens" Team-up to Demonstrate Eventual Power of Thirty Meter Telescope
October 8th, 2008 Science & Astronomy

Astronomers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and their colleagues used a rare cosmic alignment and modern adaptive optics to image a distant galaxy with similar exquisite resolution promised by the future Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). This achievement provided detailed insight into the nature of a young star-forming galaxy as it appeared only two billion years after the Big Bang, and determined how that galaxy may eventually...

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