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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...

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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

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U.S. national observatory and two extremely large telescope projects team up to enhance U.S. scientific leadership in astronomy and astrophysics
May 21st, 2018 Science & Astronomy

A new research frontier in astronomy and astrophysics will open in the mid-2020s with the advent of ground-based extremely large optical-infrared telescopes (ELTs) with primary mirrors in the 20-m – 40-m range. U.S. scientific leadership in astronomy and astrophysics will be significantly enhanced if the broad U.S. community can take advantage of the power of these new ELTs. In that context, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National...

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Sharper Focus, Part 2 - How TMT’s Adaptive Optics Will Work
April 19th, 2018 Associate Project Manager Blog

In an earlier companion post (Sharper Focus, Part 1), I introduced the concept of adaptive optics and talked about some of the ways astronomers and engineers have used those techniques to sharpen the images we capture. Now I’d like to show you some of the specific adaptive optics solutions that will enhance TMT’s vision.

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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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Sharper Focus -Part 1- The Why and How of Adaptive Optics
April 11th, 2018 Associate Project Manager Blog

The Atmospheric Lens TMT’s unprecedented ability to peer into the depths of the Universe means it will have a phenomenal impact on many areas of astronomy. But in this age of space-based telescopes, you may have wondered how a ground-based observatory like TMT (or some of the other next-generation large terrestrial telescopes) will get past the challenges of being on the ground instead of up in orbit. One of the major challenges is...