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About

ABOUT US

The Thirty Meter Telescope is one of a new class of extremely large telescopes that will allow us to see deeper into space and observe cosmic objects with unprecedented sensitivity and detail. With its 30m diameter prime-mirror, TMT will provide images more than 12 times sharper than those from the Hubble Space Telescope, and four times sharper than the new James Webb Space Telescope. Observing in wavelengths ranging from the ultraviolet to the mid-infrared, TMT will allow astronomers to address fundamental questions in astronomy ranging from understanding star and planet formation to unraveling the history of galaxies and the development of large-scale structure in the universe.

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SCIENCE

Observing light in ultraviolet to mid-infrared wavelengths, TMT will enable astronomers’ exploration of fundamental astronomy questions such as the processes of star and planet formation and unraveling galaxies in the early Universe. TMT users will peer deeper into the universe and observe cosmic objects with unprecedented sensitivity with its 30 meter diameter prime-mirror This will provide an unparalleled resolution, with TMT images more than 12 times sharper than those from the Hubble Space Telescope, and four times sharper than the new James Webb Space Telescope. When operational, TMT will provide new observational opportunities in essentially every field of astronomy and astrophysics.

KULEANA (Responsibility)

We support a community-based mutual stewardship model for Maunakea, one in which Native Hawaiians play an active role in the mountain’s management. Maunakea is unique and an important cultural and genealogical site to the people of Hawai’i, particularly to Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians). Our organizational values are respect, kuleana, caring, and inclusivity, and we are committed to advancing programs that support astronomy and education in harmony with the culture and environment.

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COMMUNITY

Under new direction in Hilo, Hawaiʻi, TMT staff are building the relationships and trust necessary for supporting Hawaiʻi’s various communities. Through diverse and inclusive partnerships and grassroots communications with Hawaiʻi community leaders, schools, and non-profit organizations, we are focused on meeting our communities’ needs with innovative programming in education, infrastructure and mālama ʻāina (caring for and honoring the land).