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TMT’s Telescope Structure Readies for Production
March 23rd, 2023 Engineering & Technology

TMT’s telescope structure subsystem (STR) recently completed two successful Production Readiness Reviews (PRR2 and PRR3) to assess the availability of adequate resources and planning for production, and later for assembly, integration and verification. The STR’s design and future fabrication are activities led by NAOJ and their prime contractor...

Pasadena Students in Caltech's Planet Finder Academy Hold Workshop at TMT Lab
February 21st, 2023 Education & Outreach

Nineteen Caltech Planet Finder Academy high school students from across the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) recently visited the TMT Lab in Monrovia. TMT System Scientist Warren Skidmore welcomed the group and ran a special workshop for the students.

Beautiful Photos of Green Comet C/2022 E3
February 17th, 2023 Science & Astronomy

TMT staff interest in astronomy goes well beyond building one of the largest and most technology-advanced ground-based telescopes! Tomas Chylek, Sr. Opto-Mechanical Engineer, and Denis Zaytsev, Observatory Software QA Engineer, are also skilled amateur astronomers who spend endless nights capturing the beauty of our sky by setting up their telescopes and cameras within the darkest regions surrounding Los Angeles.

India TMT Coordination Centre Produces TMT Main Mirror Roundel
February 1st, 2023 Engineering & Technology

The second TMT India roundel has been completed! The roundel was polished at the Coherent facilities in Richmond, California by the India TMT Coordination Centre (ITCC) staff, using ITCC equipment under the supervision of Coherent’s staff.

Call for TMT International Science Development Teams (ISDTs) Applications
January 27th, 2023 Science & Astronomy

TMT is currently accepting applications for its International Science Development Teams (ISDTs) until March 1, 2023.

TMT 2022 Holiday Card
December 22nd, 2022 Science & Astronomy

Holiday wishes from all of us at TMT!

TMT Segment Mount Undergoes Tests in the Netherlands
November 17th, 2022 Engineering & Technology

A few months ago, TMT Optical engineers traveled to the Netherlands to support the Dutch company TNO install a TMT Segment Support Assembly (SSA) onto an SSA Module Acceptance Test Tool (SMATT). This is an important step in the design and construction of the M1 optics system, a 492-segment primary mirror for the TMT. 

TMT Promotes Science at UCLA’s “Exploring Your Universe 2022”
November 16th, 2022 Education & Outreach

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) presented its first in-person Exploring Your Universe (EYU) science fair in three years on November 6, 2022. About 12,000 visitors of all ages and backgrounds came to UCLA from the greater LA community.

2022 AstroDay West Hawaiʻi
November 10th, 2022 Community Engagement

AstroDay 2022, led by the University of Hawai‘i’s Institute for Astronomy (IfA), is dedicated to sharing the amazing science of astronomy and the incredible discoveries made by telescopes throughout the state of Hawaiʻi. The IfA brought together the Maunakea Observatories and various other organizations for a fun filled day engaging ʻohana in Kailua-Kona.

MODHIS Completes First Phase of Conceptual Design Review
October 19th, 2022 Science & Astronomy

TMT’s Multi-Objective Diffraction-limited High-resolution Infrared Spectrograph (MODHIS), a first-light instrument, has successfully completed the first phase of its conceptual design. MODHIS will take advantage of the large collecting area and TMT’s unprecedented angular resolution to dramatically advance a broad range of science programs, such as the search and characterization of exoplanets, the study of the environment of supermassive...

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